Bromley’s Mayor visits nearly every street party to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday

Published Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Bromley Mayor and  Deputy Lieutenant Colonel cut cake at orpington street party

Bromley’s new Mayor Cllr Ian Payne visited 53 street parties to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday or Big Lunch during the weekend of 11/12 June

He said:  “I, with my Deputy managed to get to 53 parties up and down the borough with highlights in Orpington which had one of the most diverse and largest street parties and Kydbrooke Close one of the smallest where everyone locally seemed to get involved to make it a day to remember.

“I was delighted to meet so many wonderful people right across the borough. It was a great way for communities to discover just what can be achieved by working together in their neighbourhood. Just the kind of spirit that helps to keep our borough such a great place to live, work and enjoy yourself.”

The whistle-stop tour took 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 organised an exciting high street event on Sunday, 12 June. 

Bromley helped boost the number he could 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 presented 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.

Picture shows: Bromley’s Mayor at the Orpington High Street party cutting the special cake made by Bromley College Students