Communities across Cambridgeshire continued their Diamond Jubilee celebrations yesterday, defying unsummery temperatures and the odd blast of rain.
A giant scarf knitted by 75 villagers during the year was paraded around Barton to kick off the village’s party to mark the Queen’s 60 years on the throne.
After the parade Valerie Baines, whose family has lived in the village for 200 years, had the honour of opening the new Diamond Jubilee bus shelter.
Residents then tucked into a picnic on the recreation ground with a pet show, hog roast and a ceilidh in the evening.
The scarf will be measured later to see if it has broken the Guinness World Record for longest scarf.
Residents at Woodlands Care Home in Cambridge were joined by the city’s deputy mayor for their Jubilee party yesterday.
Cllr Paul Saunders dropped in on the festivities in Hawkins Road where the home’s residents, including his parents, tucked into party food and toasted the Queen’s health.
He said: “They had a wonderful time. We had about 100 people and we had a barbecue and a raffle and display of organic vegetables.
“They are big fans of the monarchy and it was a real celebration of life.”
A Jubilee Big Lunch took place in Natal Road, Cambridge, with resi¬dents determined to stay outside despite the rain and donning macs, umbrellas and hats to enjoy their al fresco lunch.
Residents in Albert Street, Cambridge, were joined by a life-size cutout of the Queen as they decorated the street with bunting and cut a red, white and blue decorated cake.
In Milton, residents of Pearson Close and Shirley Close waved Union Jack flags and hung bunting outside their homes before tucking into homemade lunches in marquees in their gardens.
Over in Thorton Road, Girton, another street party swung into gear where more than 60 residents took part in games and a shared picnic.
Children entered the ‘best decorated bike’ competition.
Last night beacons were due to be lit across the country at 10.15pm including one on Castle Mound in Cambridge, scheduled to be lit by the chairman of Cambridgeshire County Council and the deputy mayor of Cambridge.
Not only Cambridgeshire residents braved the cold weather to show some Jubilee spirit.
A team of researchers from the British Antarctic Survey, which has its HQ in Cambridge, threw a Jubilee tea party at their Antarctic base – in temperatures hitting minus 35C.