Marple Celebrates Queen's 90th Birthday!

by Jenny Riley
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Marple Bridge Association arranged this year’s street party on Saturday 12 June to coincide with the Queen's 90th Birthday celebrations.  
Town Street was closed for the afternoon and draped in red, white, and blue bunting and flags to celebrate the occasion. 
Whilst the weather wasn’t initially kind, many ignored the rain and those who had planned in advance erected their gazebos to shelter their picnics from the elements! The rain did however abate, and the initial 100 or so people who had braved the rain swelled to around 600. They were entertained by the John Cooper Band, followed by the Marple Brass band who got the crowd into the flag waving mood with a number of patriotic numbers and a few old favourites.
Vernon Bear, Stockport County’s old mascot, also made an appearance - much to the delight of the many children attending with their families, although a few were a little wary of a 6 foot bear with a baseball cap and there were a few tears!
St Sebastian's Nursery kept the children entertained with their craft stalls and crown making session, and the rain held off letting all enjoy a fantastic street party.
The image of the street party was taken by Garth Aspinall, and you can see more on the cover of Issue 32 of INSIDE Marple July/August 2016