Proud and British

June 7, 2012

As the photos in our Community section reflect, the Jubilee was celebrated with relish. Young and old, religious and secular, we revelled in kosher street parties, celebrations in schools and special events in synagogues bedecked in red, white and blue.

Welfare homes also entered into the Jubilee spirit, with residents in Union Jack bowler hats offering up vivid recollections of the Queen's accession. And what an effort by teachers, who did so much in schools to organise the various Jubilee teas and lunches at Jewish primary schools.

There was also a more sober communal context, as expressed by a Manchester-based Holocaust survivor, who said his participation in the celebration was a debt of gratitude to the country where he made his home. We may never see another Diamond Jubilee again, but the pleasure gleaned from this one will last a lifetime.

Last updated: 2:10pm, June 7 2012