EVENTS were held in Bradford on Avon and Westbury to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and 70-year reign as the UK’s longest-serving monarch.

In Westbury, up to 240 pupils from local schools were invited to attend children’s street party to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The mayor of Westbury, Cllr Sheila Kimmins, hosted as 50s-style-street party from 2pm until 5pm in Westbury High Street.

The event included an afternoon of entertainment, music and games for the children on Soisy Gardens next to Westbury Library.

Cllr Kimmins said: “It was absolutely fantastic. We had seating for 240 and around 200 children turned up with their siblings. Their parents and grandparents also came just to watch the spectacle.

“We played old-fashioned simple games and it was lovely to see the children taking part in sack races with their parents.”

Children were able to enjoy an afternoon tea, with tickets available from Aimi’s Cafe & Takeaway and the White Horse Café.

Trowbridge and District Youth Band played live music, entertainer Dave Hickory went from table to table, and local cadets from the Air Training Corps marshalled the proceedings.

Westbury Town Council and the Wiltshire Council area board for Westbury paid for the street party.

In Bradford on Avon, the town held an exhibition of its history in St Margaret’s Hall organised by the town council and supported by the BoA Preservation Trust.

The exhibition, which is on until Saturday, is showcasing the changing face of Bradford on Avon over the last seven decades. 

It will feature photos and stories, as well as film and audio, from some of the people who have shaped the town in line with the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.

There will also be a traditional sweet shop stall and a bookshop stocked with books on the town’s history.