Edmund Close marks its golden jubilee in style

Published on: 30 Jun 2014

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WITH scenes reminiscent of the Queen's silver jubilee celebrations back in 1977, residents in Downend partied to mark the 50th anniversary of their street.

Edmund Close was built in 1964 and several families who moved in when it first opened have remained there ever since.

Residents of the 15 homes say the close is such a great place to live with lots of friendly faces, they did not want to let its 50th birthday go unnoticed.

They held a street party on Saturday June 7 and despite the doom and gloom weather forecast, the sun shone brightly.

There are still four houses occupied by the original owners - John and Janet Cole, Ralph and Anne Edwards, Gordon and Vera Wells and Maureen Bloomfield.

Maureen's husband Reg sadly died in 2012.

The residents' children now have homes and families of their own but many returned to help celebrate the place where they grew up.

The fun kicked off at 5pm and included a champagne toast and speeches by Gordon and Maureen.

Trestle and garden tables were placed in the close along with gazebos and bunting to add to the party spirit.

A cake was baked and decorated by Ann while Maureen and resident Chris Hopkins cooked food on their barbecues. Others made hot dishes in their ovens.

Maureen, 76, said: "There was plenty of drink and a good time was had by all.

"It couldn't have been better. We were told we were going to have thunder storms and hail stones but the sun came out at 4 o'clock and stayed until we cleared up.

"Apart from the people who were on holiday, everybody joined in."

Maureen said the party provided a great chance to reminisce.

"I was 26 when I moved here. My eldest child, Philip, was three-and-a-half and his brother Graham was born two years later.

"We've had numerous people move in and out but we've always had very happy relationships. It's always been a very happy close."


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