Bromley’s Mayor is on a quest to visit every street party to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday
Published Thursday, 9 June 2016
Bromley’s new Mayor Cllr Ian Payne must have a liking for jelly and cake.
He plans to visit as many of the Queen’s 90th Birthday or Big Lunch street parties in the borough as he can during the weekend of 11/12 June and is up to 55 and still counting!
Bromley’s Mayor said: “It will be an absolute honour to be a part of our communities’ celebrations at this very special time. I am looking forward to meeting as many people as possible across the borough on this joyous occasion – if only for a few minutes at each location. Bromley’s Deputy Mayor, Cllr Hannah Gray will also be out and about over the weekend.”
The whistle-stop tour will take the Mayor, accompanied by Bromley’s Deputy Lieutenant Colonel Robert Murfin, the length and breadth of the borough from Crystal Palace to Darwin and from West Wickham to Cray Valley and Orpington where Orpington 1st is organising an exciting high street event between noon and five on Sunday, 12 June. The Mayor will be presiding over a balloon release at the event.
Bromley has helped boost the number he can visit by agreeing to waive the charge for street closures for these celebratory events. Executive Member for Environmental Services Cllr Colin Smith said: “I am delighted that so many residents’ associations and groups took up our offer to stage a street party without the need to pay for the road closure which might be needed. These occasions are a fantastic opportunity to get to know neighbours more fully which really is at the heart of our Street Friends initiative. By working together we can, and frequently do, make a real difference in our neighbourhoods.”
As well as attending most of the street parties, the Mayor will be presenting every organiser with a special certificate to thank them for bringing a little British-style fun to their neighbourhood whilst honouring the Queen on such a significant birthday.
So look out for Bromley’s Mayor, chains a-flying at a street party near you, but don’t get in his way as he’s a man with a mission as he attempts to visit every street party in the borough.
Picture shows: HM the Queen during her Diamond Jubilee visit to Bromley in 2012.
Note to Editors:
If there are party organisers who have not yet been contacted by the Mayor’s Office and would like him to attempt to add their party to the list of visits, please get in touch.
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