Older guests and volunteers from the Westminster Contact the Elderly groups enjoyed a special Jubilee celebration on Downing Street today (Sunday 3 June), with their neighbours David and Samantha Cameron.
Just over two weeks ago, Contact the Elderly was surprised – and delighted – to receive a telephone call from Downing Street inviting us back for a second year in a row, to mark The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
The charity was lucky enough to attend the Royal Wedding street party on the iconic street in 2011 – and this year was just as spectacular. The older guests and volunteers enjoyed the opportunity to chat to the Prime Minister, who took the time to come and sit with them and ask them all about themselves.
Due to rain the street party had moved indoors where Union Jack-themed table décor, flags and bunting, and reminiscence about The Queen’s Coronation all added to the fantastic atmosphere on Downing Street.
“I think this is all wonderful”, said 95 year old Sylvia, who was the oldest guest at the party. “I can’t believe I am actually here, and have met the Prime Minister. The atmosphere in London today is just like at the coronation in 1953, which is wonderful.”
Sylvia was interviewed by BBC, ITN, Channel 4 and CNN outside the door to number 10 before joining the rest of the guests inside where they enjoyed beautifully decorated cakes, sandwiches and cups of tea.
Contact the Elderly’s Founder & Chairman, Trevor Lyttleton MBE, who also attended the street party, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that our older guests and volunteers have been able to enjoy the Jubilee celebrations at this very special event. Today further demonstrates the importance of Contact the Elderly’s vital work in the Borough of Westminster, and London as a whole, with local communities joining together to support their older neighbours.”