70 glorious years of H M The Queen, and 50 glorious years of Eastlea Community Centre

Eastlea Community Centre let its hair down and partied to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, and the Centre’s own 50th anniversary.

On Friday, June 3rd, we had our own indoor “street party” event, with food, royal bingo, a royal quiz, raffles, children’s craft activities and entertainment from local singer John Reay.  

Then, on the evening, we kicked back for a 1970s and 80s fancy-dress disco, featuring top party band Big Sigh and the Yawns. It proved to be one of the most fun events we’ve had in the Centre for a long time, and helped us to raise some much-needed funds at the same time. 

We’re hugely indebted to the band for such great entertainment, and to the staff of the neighbouring Mallard pub for their invaluable help in setting up and running the night, as well as our tireless staff, trustees and volunteers.

The day raised an amazing £1,540.25. Another Jubilee bonus came later, when residents of Wycliffe Road donated the raffle proceeds from their street party raffle to the Centre, £367. Such a big-hearted gesture.

As the events took place during Volunteers’ Week, we were also able to take the opportunity to thank the volunteers who give their time and talents to help others.

* The Community Association first began operating in the old High Colliery School in 1971, meaning the 50th anniversary was last year. Covid lockdowns prevented us from holding a celebration, which was postponed until this year.