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And the children will go free at jubilee

PUBLISHED: 16:45 29 May 2002 | UPDATED: 12:01 03 March 2010

CHILDREN of Rushmere will be able to enjoy the activities of their jubilee fair for free – thanks to the British Gas and Evening Star golden jubilee cash pot.

CHILDREN of Rushmere will be able to enjoy the activities of their jubilee fair for free – thanks to the British Gas and Evening Star golden jubilee cash pot.

A joyful Rushmere Residents' Association secretary Jenny Baldwin said the £500 was going to make a world of difference to the fair they are holding on June 1.

Jenny was also thrilled to bits that she had received a reply from The Queen to a letter she sent to Her Majesty detailing how Rushmere planned to celebrate.

When the association first began to plan the fair last September they had little funds available so they just booked a bouncy castle and a children's entertainer.

Today, a delighted Jenny said: "The £500 has made a world of difference and instead of having to charge the children to have goes on things they will be able to enjoy them for free.

"Whole families will be able to come along and join in and hopefully go home with almost as much money as they came out with. We are very pleased," she added.

The aim of the afternoon being held on Dumbarton Road recreation ground is to build up a community spirit on the Rushmere Hall Estate although it is open to anyone who would like to come along.

"We hope to have up to 500 people attending and although we did not set out to raise any money at the jubilee fair if we do it will be ploughed back in to the community."

Jenny said that she read an article in which The Queen said she hoped people would be celebrating the jubilee with events and not memorials.

"So I wrote a letter to her explaining how we were going to celebrate and hoped she approved.

"And I received a reply – from a lady in waiting but on Buckingham Palace notepaper – saying that The Queen wished us well.

"This is going to be a real celebration," she added.

n The fair is taking place on Saturday June 1 from 12 noon until 4pm. Everyone welcome.

n Hillside School children celebrate, see page 19.


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