The community spirit was out in force as Brentford residents defied the weather to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday outside The Griffin Pub on Brook Road South.

Around 300 from the surrounding streets turned up to celebrate the occasion with the sun even making a brief appearance during the party as the rain, which was falling in the morning, just about held off until the end.

The event, which was organised by Samatha Crosby and Katherine Whitby, was such a success that they plan to use the funds, which is believed to be in the region of £1,500, raised to make it an annual event.

Sam said: “It’s been an overwhelming success with the people turning out and staying, despite the weather we had today.

“I had had lots of texts asking if it was still on in the morning. We’re British so it was always going to be on and, with the way it turned out, it was meant to be.

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“Everything we have raised today from the raffle as well as the crowdfunding will cover the costs for this party and will go into a bank account for next year’s party because we plan to make this an annual event based on this success and the feedback from the community.

“I never used to know my neighbours and I’ve gone from not knowing anyone to knowing a lot of people. Even in a small suburb in London we can still have that village spirit.”

She added: “It’s been an amazing organising committee. I’ve got to thank all of them and those who have helped us.

“The success is down to all of the efforts from the committee, our two main sponsors Quilliam and Lovell, and those who contributed via crowdfunding.”

Ruth Cadbury, MP for Brentford and Isleworth, was the guest of honour and she paid tribute to the neighbourly spirit seen in the area.

“It’s been a lovely afternoon. It’s great to meet people I know well and to meet new residents. It’s a fantastic community here,” she said.

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“I think it’s been fantastic. It’s not just celebrating the community but the Queen’s 90th birthday. She works so hard when most 90-year-olds have been putting their feet up for some years.

“I don’t know how it’s gone in The Mall but I hope they’ve had as much fun as we’ve had here in Brook Road South.

“The volunteers have put a lot of time into it. People have given their time but I hope it’s helped to strengthen the community.

“I’ve noticed people who’ve not lived here for very long, so new people to the area can feel a part of the community.”

Gerhard Peleschka, landlord of The Griffin pub, believes that the event has demonstrated the spirit of friendship is thriving.

He said: “It’s tremendous. It’s a really great community and the chance to get together. The kids enjoyed themselves. It’s absolutely brilliant and really community driven.”