Diamond weekend is a treat for all

BUNTING and tea parties were the order of the day for many southsiders celebrating the Queen’s diamond jubilee.

Festivities kicked off early in Mount Florida, as Clincarthill church held a jubilee-themed community fair on May 26.

Revellers basked in sunshine for outdoor activities, while inside, stalls sold crafts and home baking, accompanied by singing from the Clincarthill puppets.

The event was used to raise money for good causes, including the Mount Florida Primary Parent Partnership, The Jessica Appeal, Williamwood House and the church itself.

By the jubilee weekend, celebrations were in full swing.

At Broom church in Newton Mearns, hundreds of people turned out for an event hosted by the Brownies and Guides in aid of the Ayesha Appeal — a fundraising drive for local youngster Ayesha Siddiqui, who requires a bone marrow transplant after a Leukaemia diagnosis.

Over in Thornliebank, the parish church were also celebrating the jubilee after months of planning the event.

Deputy session clerk Fiona Richardson told The Extra: “The day was a great success, with about 250 to 300 people — young and old — arriving throughout the afternoon.

“The kids enjoyed old-fashioned games, like gird and cleek and the whip and peerie, and the cafe with home baking handed in from the congregation went down a treat”.

Over 700 people attended the community garden party at Greenbank church, also on Saturday, which included a best hat competition and a busy tea dance tent, while Park church in Giffnock held a jubilee lunch after service on Sunday.

And schools were in on the action too, as East Renfrewshire primaries took part in a jubilee lunch event and Belmont House junior school held a celebratory tea party, as well as installing plants in the school grounds in commemoration of the jubilee year.

Over in Kirkhill primary, also in Newton Mearns, primary threes planned a garden party for the whole school.

From face painting to croquet on the lawn, the youngsters thought of everything to keep fellow pupils and staff entertained throughout the event on Thursday.

The young organisers also dressed up in court costumes, including eight-year-old Hannah Brady, who assumed the role of queen for a day.

The fun continued with street parties across Glasgow and East Renfrewshire, including a celebration between neighbours of Kennedy Court in Giffnock, which took place on Monday.

And over at Hawthorn Court sheltered housing in Clarkston, another resident assumed the role of her majesty of the day as everyone else enjoyed a buffet lunch and hat competition.

Back in Newton Mearns, the Retail Trust — a charity which provides for people in the retail industry — held a jubilee fete at its Crookfur retirement estate.

Newton Mearns supermarket Waitrose provided food and freshly-made smoothies in aid of the charity, and were joined by local branches of Matalan and Asda in the fundraising efforts.

Last but not least, the ladies team at Titwood bowling club marked the end of the holiday weekend in style with a party on Tuesday afternoon.

Ladies president Sonya McDiarmid was joined by members in a red, white and blue dress up day, complete with homemade cakes and a sing-along of the original coronation song.