6:41pm Monday 4th June 2012
By Mark Chandler
JUBILANT scenes have been taking place across the area over the weekend to mark the Queen's 60 years on the throne.
And while there may have been some rain, the elements were not enough to put thousands of people off joining in a good old-fashioned party.
One of the borough's biggest events took place on Saturday at Chislehurst Common, with around 1,300 people turning out for lunch on tables decorated in a vintage style. There was even a cardboard cutout of the Queen.
More traditional street parties like the ones in Harwood Avenue, Bromley, and Tremaine Road, Anerley, united the generations.
And youngsters from Wickham Court School in West Wickham joined got in on the act last week by taking part in 1950s games.
Lewisham borough saw around 55 street parties, with one of the largest taking place in Somertrees Avenue, Grove Park, for a huge Big Lunch event.
The crowds also turned out for a traditional street part in West Dean Avenue, Lee, on Sunday.
At Greenwich's Old Royal Naval College, organisers hosted one of the largest Big Lunch events in the country, with a massive table, open to visitors throughout the day.
The historic area of Heathwood Gardens in Charlton saw residents turning out in red, white and blue, taking part in traditional games today.
Bexley borough was one of the busiest in the capital, with traditional street celebrations proved popular in places like Arcadian Avenue in Bexley, Glenhurst Roadin in Bexley Village, and Northumberland Way, Northumberland Heath.
Visitors to Bexleyheath Broadway were also treated to a parade at the Clock Tower and a day of free entertainment.
Youngsters from schools like Acorn pre-school, Gravel Hill and Willow Bank primaries also got in on the act The 100 people who braved rain at Alexander Road, Welling, also raised arounf £175 for local hospices thanks to a raffle with donations from nearby businesses.
In Gravesham, the festivities started early with massive council-organised party in Community Square for around 750 children.
There was even a Jessie J impersonator to keep the youngsters entertained.
Children in Dartford also had a big day out with a visit to Central Park for around 500 children.
Elsewhere, there were traditional street parties across the board, with Water Mill Way in Darenth proving very popular and 250 people at Oakfield Park on Saturday.
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