Streets, public parks and front gardens throughout Croydon were festooned with bunting and balloons as friends and neighbours came together to celebrate the crowning of King Charles III.
More than 120 street parties were held as part of the Coronation’s Big Lunch after the Council waived charges for road closures over the weekend of 6-8 May and Council staff swiftly processed the road closure applications in time for the big day.
The Executive Mayor of Croydon, Jason Perry, met residents and community leaders at celebrations across the borough, including events organised by Faiths Together in Croydon, held in Park Hill Park, and Baitus Subhan Mosque Croydon, where officers from Croydon London Fire Brigade, Croydon Met Police Service and Sarah Jones MP also joined.
A special Choral Evensong service was held on Sunday at Croydon Minster to mark the Coronation, where the congregation and wider community came together to hear the choir and join in with the hymns.
The Town Hall was lit up in red, white and blue to mark the historic event and many of Croydon’s schools put out the trestle tables and decorations so children could enjoy outdoor picnics, games and performances.
“I’ve really enjoyed meeting residents and community groups in our towns and districts across Croydon and seeing everyone come together for the crowning of King Charles III.
“We were delighted to be able to help facilitate the road closures for 120 street parties as part of the Coronation Big Lunch and to see that these events were a resounding success, reflecting the community spirit in our borough.”
Jason Perry, Executive Mayor of Croydon
The Civic Mayor of Croydon, Councillor Alisa Flemming also visited a string of street parties.
Councillor Flemming said: “It was a joy to meet so many fantastic people at street parties across Croydon for the Coronation, from South Croydon to northeast, and to be part of these community celebrations in the borough I’m proud to call home.”