St Albans celebrated the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with a giant street party featuring bands, street performers, a vast array of local food & drink options and a beacon lighting ceremony topped off with pyrotechnics and streamer cannons.
The event stretched the length of St Peter’s Street, attracting thousands of people from across the district to join in the celebrations. Children were entertained during the day with free art and craft stalls and free face painting, with the party running on into the evening.
As the big moment approached, attention turned to the balcony of the Town Hall, where the Town Crier called for three cheers for the Queen and announced the arrival of the mayor.
With the formalities complete, the mayor lit the beacon to rapturous cheers from the 10,000 strong crowd, before a spray of silver sparks erupted from the balcony to the delight of all.
Next, from the roof of the Town Hall, with the Union Flag in the foreground, volleys of red and blue tailed mines shot columns of coloured stars, 20 metres into the air, with silver titanium comets completing the patriotic salute.
To finish the sequence, red, white and blue streamer cannons fired over the crowd below, who swiftly wrapped themselves in the colourful strips.
To close the event, a four-piece choir sang a number of popular sing-along tunes including ‘Sweet Caroline’, finishing off with the national anthem.
The event was a great success with many positive comments and photos across social media, and a fitting start to the long weekend of street parties, BBq’s and parades.