Community gets together for celebration weekend
THE fun-packed Bank Holiday weekend began on Saturday, with clear skies encouraging residents to start celebrating.
Otford Historical Society laid on a "60 years of Otford" exhibition in the village hall club room, with photos and artefacts on display to mark the event.
Ed Thompson, 57, of Leonard Avenue, Otford, is on the society's committee and provided many of the photos.
He said: "I think people like to see how the village has changed over the years, and the historical society has been going since 1950 so this exhibition is the life of the society and the Queen."
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As part of the festivities, children were encouraged to take part in a walk around the village's solar system model on the recreation ground.
Brenda Hambrook, parish council clerk, and assistant clerk Sue Stephenson were in charge of the event and dressed up for the occasion in Star Trek costumes.
Miss Hambrook said: "We've had more children come along than we thought we would because of the weather.
"It has been fun so far."
Ightham held a street fair with fun, games and a dog show.
Emma and Steve Spendlove of Bates Hill attended with their three daughters.
Mrs Spendlove said: "It has been lovely; the children were great in the parade and it was really nice to sing the national anthem with everyone."
In Eynsford the village hall was full of cakes, plants and cups of tea for sale, followed by a performance by the Riverside Players called A Nice Cup of Tea.
Parish council chairman Clive Stanyon said: "It's marvellous; so many volunteers have spent so much time getting this ready for other people.
"It gives everyone a sense of community."
In Underriver traditional games were taking place on the village green, including welly wanging and egg and spoon races.
Sue Woods of White Rock Farm, Underriver, said: "The day has been all about team events and people working together. It's been fabulous."
Despite a cloudy start to the day the sun had emerged by 3pm and the Jubilee celebrations were in full flow.
Meanwhile, the Rockdale housing group held a special Queen's Diamond Jubilee Dinner with Cabaret for 151 people at Wildernesse Golf Club.
The event raised £9,570 which will help to close the £86,000 gap of the charity's £1.75 million target for a new care home.
Meanwhile, in Sevenoaks the town council organised street entertainment and vintage films about the town were played in the Stag.
Teen band Chameleon played to passing shoppers, while children were shown magic tricks and danced in Bligh's.