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Lewisham looks forward to the Platinum Jubilee

The countdown to the Platinum Jubilee has begun and communities across Lewisham are preparing to celebrate.

Her Majesty The Queen meets crowds including a young girl, who has her back to camera, outside of a building which has the words The Broadway Theatre above the door.  The Queen is  wearing matching lemon hat and longline jacket. The picture was taken when the Queen visited in Catford in 2002 for the Golden Jubilee.A whole host of exciting family-friendly events and activities are planned in the borough during the bank holiday weekend - Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 June - as residents come together to mark the Queen’s 70 years of service.

The Council has facilitated residents’ celebrations by approving almost 120 temporary road closures for street parties – a record number - and allocating £3.7k in grants funding to 15 community groups.

The grants support a wide range of Jubilee festivities, which truly reflect the borough’s diverse communities. From tea parties to Caribbean dance, from picnics to tree plantings, and from jamboree to singalong - all activities are aimed at connecting Lewisham’s residents.

In addition, the Council and its partners are also organising a series of events. Highlights include the lighting of commemorative beacons on Telegraph Hill and Blackheath on Thursday 2 June. While Picnic and Proms takes place in three of the borough’s award-winning parks at lunchtime on Friday 3 June.

Lewisham’s libraries and leisure centres are in on the fun too and have a huge variety of Jubilee-themed activities taking place over the bank holiday. Take a selfie with a life-size picture of the Queen or challenge yourself to swim 70 lengths – just two of the many options on offer.

There’s something for everyone in the borough to enjoy over the Jubilee weekend. Residents are encouraged to share videos and photos of their celebrations on social media, tagging @LewishamCouncil and using the hashtags #Lewisham2022, #HM70 and #PlatinumJubilee.

For more information on how the borough is celebrating the Platinum Jubilee, please visit the We Are Lewisham website. To find out where all the local street parties are happening, download our list.

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