A community centre in Bradford hosted a family fun day to celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, yesterday.
Neighbourhood Resource Centre, found off Leeds Road, which shares some of the same board of BEAP Community Partnership in Manningham, hosted an event jam-packed with activities for both parents and children to enjoy.
The event was to celebrate The Queen’s 70th anniversary of serving as the ruling monarch and Head of State in the UK. Today marks the first of two Bank Holidays to mark the occasion, with thousands of events being held across the nation over the next few days.
A number of beacons across the district, including in City Park, Keighley, Cliffe Castle and Bradford Royal Infirmary, among many others, will be lit at 9.45pm tonight to coincide with the lighting of the beacon outside Buckingham Palace this evening.
Beacons across the 53 other commonwealth countries will also be lit in recognition of Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
The family fun day had a variety of stalls from local organisations, snacks and cake, activities for children, mehndi and face painting. It was also supported by officers from West Yorkshire Police and local councillor for Bowling and Barkerend, Rizwana Jamil.
Shummel Uddin, project coordinator at Neighbourhood Resource Centre and BEAP Community Partnership, said: “Yesterday we hosted a family fun day to celebrate The Queen’s Jubilee. We had cakes, samosas and food to mark the occasion.
“We also had a range of activities and stalls from different organisations. We had staff from Better Start Bradford who put on three or four activities for children, we had Bradford Youth Services who did a smoothie bike, Women from WomenZone who carried out painting activities with the kids, Primetime who made badges, with the children, entertainment, mehndi, face painting and outdoor garden activities.
“It was a fantastic community event, there were lots of great community organisations involved. The fact that so many people from the community turned up to show support for The Queen’s Jubilee was amazing. It was great to have our local councillor, Rizwana Jamil and the local police turn up as well.”
At BEAP, an event for older women in the community was also held yesterday, with the ladies enjoying cake with Zuby Hamard, a sports and physical activity manager at Bradford Council.
Shanaz Ali, the women’s project manager at BEAP, said: “We had about a dozen or so ladies turn up for The Queen’s Jubilee celebration from our older women’s group, who were quite excited to celebrate the occasion. They had cake and talked with Zuby.”