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Solihull celebrates the Diamond Jubilee in style!

SOLIHULL is swimming red, white and blue, with Diamond Jubilee celebrations set to draw to a close today (Tuesday).

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SOLIHULL is swathed in red, white and blue, with Diamond Jubilee celebrations set to draw to a close today (Tuesday).

Over the past four days, villages and suburbs, schools and businesses, have been a riot of bunting and flags as the borough celebrates Queen Elizabeth's 60 year reign.

The wet weather over the weekend meant that some events had to move indoors - in Berkswell, villagers sought warmer surroundings - but the weather did little to dampen the enthusiasm of revellers.

Last night, crowds turned out to see a beacon lit in Elmdon Park - one of 4,000 kindled to life across the United Kingdom and Commonwealth.

The flame was lit by the Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Ken Hawkins, who led the crowds in a rousing chorus of God Save the Queen.

In Knowle there was an Its a Knockout style celebration in the park, as well as a party at Arden School and a massive fair along the High Street.

Competitive spirit was running high in Hampton-in-Arden, with villagers doing battle in a flower competition and scarecrow festival.

Meriden opted for a sporty theme, apt given that the Olympics is mere months away, while Balsall Common was throwing a Party in the Park extravanganza this afternoon.

Smaller streets, lanes and avenues also had parties of their own - 40 roads in total applied for permission to close for the weekend's festivities in Solihull.

Olton led the way, with around 400 people turning out to the 'Ulverlei' Street Party, but there was also a tide of celebrations in Knowle, Dorridge and Shirley.



Cathrina Hulse
Multimedia Journalist
Annette Belcher
Multimedia Journalist
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