Harbour Housing residents help St Blazey become ‘Jubilee Ready’

Date: 30th May

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Harbour Housing residents have been helping a Cornish town get ready for the Queen’s Jubilee – with the Cornwall Councillor for the area praising the role they played.

Bus stops and benches in St Blazey have been decorated ready for the Queens Platinum Jubilee by community groups and individuals, with residents from Harbour Housing’s properties among those taking part.

Residents led by Harbour’s Volunteer Co-ordinator, Tom Pritchard were invited to join in the scheme by Chair of Cornwall Council and Councillor for St Blazey, Councillor Pauline Giles.

With the involvement of the residents along with other community groups, the bus shelters and benches in the town have been painted red, white and blue, matching the colours of the Union Jack flag.

"A Fitting Tribute"

Councillor Giles said the brightly coloured amenities was a fitting tribute to the monarch, saying: “I think it’s a good mark of respect for our Queen who has given her life to this country and I’m really grateful that Harbour Housing’s residents have come out because it’s been a big job. We just want everybody to drive through St Blazey and know that we are honouring the Jubilee and The Queen.

“I think that as there are many people in St Blazey that haven’t got cars, so use the buses, there are people that going to be visiting those bus stops. But, also, a lot of bus stops are on main roads so people will also see it as they drive past. It’s also something that makes me smile. I went past the one that Harbour’s residents did at Middleway last week and seeing it decorated made me smile so I think that the one thing that it does for people that means it’s worth it.”

"It's been rewarding"

Councillor Giles also lavished praise on the residents of Harbour Housing for their contribution towards the big redecoration, adding: “We’d never have pulled this off on our own. Some of the town council and myself were out, we were out one Sunday and working our socks off trying to get on top of it but it’s a lot we’ve tried to do. Unfortunately, I’d have liked to have seen more community involvement, but people tell me they’re busy so without the help of the residents at Harbour Housing, we’d have been stuck!”

Tom Pritchard, Volunteer Co-Ordinator at Harbour Housing said: “Our residents love getting out and about and helping the community they live in, and we were only too delighted to help Pauline and the residents of St Blazey ahead of the Jubilee.

“It’s been wonderful seeing the reaction to our residents as they brighten up the bus shelters and benches of St Blazey from both the locals and passers-by. It’s been very rewarding for our residents, not least with Pauline bringing along delicious cakes to say thank you!”