Residents and carers of Marlborough Court Care Home in Thamesmead were joined by family and friends for the lighting of an official Queen's Diamond Jubilee beacon.
The beacon was one of over 4200 lit across the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Commonwealth and overseas territories, the first of which was lit in Tonga with the last beacon being lit by Her Majesty the Queen after a spectacular concert held at Buckingham Palace.
102-year-old care home resident, Annie Turnham who lit the care home's beacon and could well be the oldest person to light an official Diamond Jubilee beacon, keeps the card the Queen sent her on her 100th birthday by her bedside. She said “It was marvellous to be able to join in the celebrations.
“I was 42 when Her Majesty was crowned Queen and I have enjoyed every celebration since.”
The youngest member of the crowd, nine-year-old Kean Wood said “It has been a great weekend - we celebrated with a street party yesterday and I was watching the concert on TV before I came here.
“I think the Queen is cool because she can do whatever she wants.”
Kean's mum, Miss M Bearham said “Our street party was fantastic - it allowed the children to play out in the street and brought the community together.”
Maggie Candy, Home Manager of Marlborough Court Care Home said “Tonight has been really nice for our clients - the Jubilee is relevant to this age group - they witnessed the Queen's Coronation.”
Marlborough Court Care Home cares for up to 78 residents and offers an active entertainments programme that sees residents get fully involved in events happening on and off-site, from lunches and sing-alongs to seaside visits. Set on the waterfront, the home has a great view of the Thames and all that sails along it.