DIAMOND JUBILEE: Patriotic youngsters dressed to impress

Hollinsend Park, Sheffield, jubilee celebrations
Hollinsend Park, Sheffield, jubilee celebrations
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IT’S not just the Queen who’s celebrating a very special anniversary.

Greenhill Primary in Sheffield has been marking a diamond jubilee of its own – with 60 years having passed since the school first opened its doors.

Greenhill Primary School 60th Anniversary Garden Party...16 year old former pupils LtoR Katie Mac Kinder,Sophie Horner,Sally Morton, with old school group pictures with themselves included

Greenhill Primary School 60th Anniversary Garden Party...16 year old former pupils LtoR Katie Mac Kinder,Sophie Horner,Sally Morton, with old school group pictures with themselves included

The anniversary was the perfect excuse to hold a garden party in the grounds for pupils and staff, past and present.

And there was plenty of memorabilia from down the years on display to jog more than a few memories.

It was also an occasion that brought the generations together, from today’s youngsters to their mums and dads, and plenty of grandparents too.

Everyone dressed to impress – the instructions for the occasion were to wear ‘suitable attire for afternoon tea with royalty’.

There was also maypole dancing, a live band and lots of stalls showing off some of the pupils’ latest creative work.

“It was a great afternoon, the weather was kind and it really was a day to remember,” said the school’s business manager Lyn Burgin.

Elsewhere in South Yorkshire communities have been coming together to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

At Hollinsend Park in Gleadless, patriotic youngsters dressed as mini kings and queens, with a host of local children’s groups taking part in a picnic and parade.

Rotherham brass brand led oom-pah-pah with eight groups of youngsters, scouts, the girls brigade and school pupils marching proudly behind them.

And Lord Mayor of Sheffield John Campbell planted an oak tree, watched over by Heeley MP Meg Munn.

Enid Hibbert, fundraiser for The Friends of Hollinsend Park, said: “It was a good old fashioned British celebration.

“The day was glorious and the feedback we’ve had from it has been great, everybody loved it. When you looked around the park everybody had a big smile on their faces – it was wonderful.”

And in Doncaster the children’s ward at the Royal Infirmary was transformed into a garden fete, with homemade cupcakes and crowns.

The children strung up strings of bunting, a maypole was made from a carpet tube, the children created a street scene with flowering blossom trees.

Entertainer John Martin performed magic tricks before the children tucked into a picnic and played Jubilee-themed games.

Owlerton Greyhound Stadium in Sheffield will crown its very own ‘Diamond Ladies’ this summer, when it hosts a Great British themed Ladies Day in honour of the Queen.

The event on July 3 will ask women to showcase their most patriotic outfits, each with a matching handbag.

Managing director John Gilburn said: “Ladies Day events and the monarchy are two of Britain’s most celebrated traditions, so what better than to bring the two together!”

Money raised will go to Weston Park Hospital. Tickets start from £10 – call 0114 2343074.

Jubilee song at number one

SHEFFIELD’s own song king Eliot Kennedy and best pal Gary Barlow have a right royal reason to sparkle - they are top of the pops with their Diamond Jubilee song!

Sing, the song they co-produced and recorded on a round-the-world trip to mark the Queen’s 60th anniversary, is the title track of the official commemorative album.

And they are celebrating after it topped the UK album charts.

They will perform it live for the Queen, with around 200 people including the Military Wives, on a two-and-a-half hour star-studded concert outside Buckingham Palace, live on BBC1 tonight, at 7.30pm.

Pop legends Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John, Sir Tom Jones, Sir Cliff Richard, Dame Shirley Bassey, Jessie J and Ed Sheeran are also on the bill.