As the four-day Jubilee bank holiday is underway, roads up and down the country have been closed to traffic to instead help street parties celebrate the Queen’s 70 years on the throne. However, one street in Cardiff chose to take the opportunity to celebrate something else.
But residents of Conway Road in Pontcanna opted to throw a party for their community with only one Union Jack in sight, on a cake baked by a Ukrainian refugee as a thank you for being welcomed into the country.
Fantastic pictures across Wales from yesterday have also showcased similar events were also hosted during the bank holiday ranging from fancy dress parades to parties, however the reception was left mixed with some arguing the celebration was aimed incorrectly.
The party attracted hundreds of comments and replies, and this is what some thought of the Cardiff street party designed to celebrate the community over the Queen. Lisa Jayne Powell argued the celebrations were more than just to celebrate the Queen, she said “we got ours tomorrow, it’s not just for the Queen it’s a celebration of life of service, for us all to together and be together with family and friends after what has been an horrendous few years and let the children remember this day like we remembered from our childhood jubilee parties”
David Martin strongly disagreed with the comments arguing “She represents the whole country. Have some respect!” believing the celebration should be to commemorate the Queen’s 70 years in service.
Elsewhere in the comments left on our article, Dávid Archibald argued “The Queen wasn’t the one drinking champagne at Xmas parties during lockdown. Show her Majesty the respect she deserves. Even if you are anti-monarchy, she never asked to be born into this role. She had no choice but to become queen at such a young age in the 1950s. She’s a woman who has sacrificed her life to serve in an institution”, proven to be popular feedback that was praised by several viewers also reemphasising similar arguments.
However not everyone was opposed to the idea of hosting celebrations for something else, Tom Butterworth said “this is great, there are much better reasons to hold a celebration party than someone’s jubilee, I would much prefer a street party to celebrate the achievements of NHS staff during covid and every day they have to work under Tory cuts but that doesn’t happen. Instead so many are keen to get their little flags and wave them for a woman who has lived a life of luxury sponging off everyone else.”
Cherrie Gregory wasn’t entirely pleased with the coverage and argued “hundreds of parties with Union flags going on and you have to find one without” adding “the Queen deserves respect just simply due to her age and the years she’s put in”. Not everyone was in support of the opinion, Chris Williams disagreed with the celebration directed at the Queen saying “my father worked in heavy industry till he was seventy, he is now 83 this month, I think him and all the other people who worked their guts out for crappy wages every week deserve the nations praises ,not an outdated institution whose wages are paid by these people”.
Luke Holloway argued that not everyone should be entitled to the bank holiday, he said “If you don’t want to celebrate it then you should have gone into work”
Pat Powell argued the event was not as inclusive as it set out to do arguing “I can understand wanting to include everyone so why couldn’t the people who actually wanted to celebrate the Jubilee have their needs met too with some Union Jack bunting? That would have been properly inclusive!”.
Commenting on the article, one user welcomed the alternative celebration saying “great positive spin on the outdated dysfunctional monarchy thing and the obsequious concept of being a ‘subject’. You sometimes wonder where people’s sense of pride lie – other than at their feet. Maybe we can start giving each other made up titles too to make us look more ‘important’? Time the monarchy fizzled out gently and quietly really – by all means feed them in England if its your choice as its far more a part of their culture (to worship some mortal woman) – its anachronistic”
Another user added “Well done to these residents of Conway Road celebrating a much worthier cause their own communities. It would be nice if these type of events could become an annual event, perhaps incorporating the thanking and celebration of our emergency services and other vital people who keep us and our communities safe. It would be a great opportunity for residents to get to know each other better and to welcome new people into their communities.”