Lutfur Rahman: I'm delighted by street parties

By Jon Massey on May 31, 2012 11:39 AM |

By Lutfur Rahman

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The Queen's Diamond Jubilee is upon us, and I'm delighted to say that the event is going to be celebrated in a traditional East End fashion, with plenty of street parties and bunting.

I am going to be attending as many as these events as I can, and am also looking forward to the grand river pageant that will pass through our borough.

Tower Hamlets is a melting pot of cultures, with many of our residents originally moving here from Commonwealth countries, such as my own, Bangladesh.

Many Commonwealth countries have the Queen as their head of state, while others have become republics, yet all recognise the Queen as Head of the Commonwealth.

Whether you are a Monarchist, or not, I hope that you will enjoy the festivities ahead.

Many East Enders will remember that after Buckingham Palace was bombed in the Second World War, the Queen Mother said: "At least I can look the East End in the eye."

Her visit, along with that of King George to the bombed-out East End was a real boost to morale.

Both the late Queen Mother and the present Queen would be delighted to learn also that in this year of the Diamond Jubilee, the much improved, Victoria Park is proudly showing itself off to the world in advance of that other great event coming to us soon - the London Olympics.

■ Lutfur Rahman is executive mayor, Tower Hamlets Council

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