Emma's Reasons to Celebrate; Grandmother Xis Emma Parsons-Reid Going Back to Her Childhood to Celebrate This Year's Diamond Jubilee with Family, Friends and Neighbours

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Emma's Reasons to Celebrate; Grandmother Xis Emma Parsons-Reid Going Back to Her Childhood to Celebrate This Year's Diamond Jubilee with Family, Friends and Neighbours


Byline: Emma Parsons-Reid

WHEN Emma Parsons-Reid reminisces back to the summer of 1977 memories of the atmosphere and warmth of the giant street party to celebrate the Silver Jubilee come flooding back.

Her grandmother was one of the organisers and Emma, who was 10 at the time, and her extended family all joined in the celebrations in Lon Werdd, Ely, Cardiff.

Today, 35 years on and by a twist of fate, Emma is living in her grandmother's old street and recreating the joyful scenes from history with a street party to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee this year.

"I can remember the 1977 party so clearly," says Emma, who works for the Want to Work scheme in Ely.

"It was all centred around the roundabout at the top of the street and it was such fun. There was such a warm atmosphere. Anne Clwyd the MP, who lived here at the time, made a speech. Most of the mums, apart from mine, didn't work back then so they made the most wonderful food and cakes.

"It was just the most amazing atmosphere, surrounded by all our family and I thought it was time we captured a bit of that today."

It is the second year running the street has got together after a successful street party for last year's Royal Wedding.

Emma encouraged her neighbours to bring a dish each to the event in addition to a barbecue which was provided by another neighbour.

It was such a hit that the street's residents decided to hold another and make it part of the Big Jubilee Lunch scheme. They have plans to make it even bigger and better this year with races for the children, games, lots of Union Jacks and food.

"I just hope that this Jubilee will have the same effect on my grandchildren and the other children in the street that it had on me," says Emma, whose pregnant daughter is due to give birth on the day of the party. …

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