Sunshine bubble bursts for Bethnal Green estate’s Jubilee Big Lunch

The sunshine bubble burst for families hoping to enjoy a Big Sunday Lunch on the lawn for the Queen’s Jubilee at Bethnal Green’s Parkview Estate.

Saturday’s bright sunshine turned into yesterday’s dull drizzle.

But it wasn’t enough to spoil the day altogether. It was actually reminiscent of the Queen’s 1953 Coronation—it rained that day too!

So instead, they had the fun day in the estate’s nice’n’dry Glasshouse community centre.

The kids were greeted at the door with giant bubbles from entertainer Bobby Singh.

‘Bubble boy’ Reece Delmar, a six-year-old cheeky chappie from Bow, grinned as he tried putting his head inside the giant bubbles floating into the air.

Inside, the live entertainment began with the choir from the East End church that holds services in the hall each Sunday, followed by a disco and other live entertainment. The service this Sunday, of course, gave way to the Jubilee shindig.

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Organiser Johanna Kaschke said: “It’s a right Royal knees-up where people do their own thing, dance, sing, perform live any action—as long as it’s not too dangerous, loud or immoral!”

She also organised a right royal feast, manning the food stall adorned with Union Jack gateaux such as the giant Parkview Patriotic pastry she had made up with red, white and blue icing. Johanna blended in with the cake in her Union Jack hat, glasses, scarf, dress and even socks.

The big draw for the kids was facepainter Jackie Harris who had a queue of kids wanting their faces turned out in red, white and blue—it’s her ‘retirement job’ after a career as a play-leader in Bow where she got the MBE in 2003.

The youngsters also enjoyed a workshop making their own cut-out crows—so they could all be little princes and princesses.

That was something the rain wasn’t going to spoil!

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