Julie Walters opens Plaistow and Ifold jubilee celebrations

The revelry continues in Plaistow with celebrations for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee on Saturday, June 2
The revelry continues in Plaistow with celebrations for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee on Saturday, June 2

Plaistow village green was humming with activity on as Plaistow and neighbouring Ifold together celebrated the Queen’s diamond year.

The event, organised by a working group established by Plaistow and Ifold Parish Council, had all the hallmarks of a traditional village event – with a dash of celebrity.

Actress Julie Walters, who lives in the parish, got a warm welcome as she opened the proceedings and toured the green, even cooking a crepe at a church stall.

But the village’s other well-known figure, Lord Sterling of Plaistow, who organised the Queen’s golden jubilee national celebrations in 2002, was not there. He has sold his house and moved back to London where he provided the idea and the money for the rowing barge, Gloriana, in the flotilla on the Thames on Sunday.

There was, however, a royal touch to the proceedings at Plaistow, where the dog show included a class for the most regal canine.

It was won by Elsie, a golden retriever owned by Plaistow villager Jacky Smith.