HOULTON residents are fondly looking back on the community spirit that was showcased as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
Volunteers who form the Houlton Residents Events Group brought the community together at shared spaces across the development -including Dolman Farm, The Barn and the playpark – to commemorate the Queen’s 70 years on the throne.
Neighbours took part in a host of activities designed to bring people together, including sumo wrestling, football shoot-outs and noughts and crosses.
A selection of Houlton residents, and neighbours who joined the celebrations from elsewhere in Rugby, also set up shop to showcase crafts, art, handmade treats, and gifts for guests to peruse and purchase on the day.
Local band The Intruders entertained crowds into the evening, playing rock covers and hits from across the decades.
Steve Ellard from Houlton’s Resident Group said: “My experience left me lost for words due to the hard work everyone had put in, not just on the day, but for all the weeks of dedicated time given prior to the event. It was also amazing to see what our Houlton residents had to offer.”
Kyle Smith, Communities and Partnerships Lead at Houlton master developers Urban&Civic, said: “It was heart-warming to see what the resident’s group had created for the whole neighbourhood to enjoy together.
“We are lucky at Houlton to have a group of residents who truly support and champion one another and this event further reinforced that true community spirit.
“Not even the gloomy weather could dampen the community spirits on the day and the clouds soon cleared to allow residents to fully immerse themselves in the afternoon’s sports activities.”