Queen Diamond Jubilee Celebration 2012
2nd June 2012 Harrow Asian Deaf Club’s Queen Diamond’s Jubilee Celebration, – a huge success, with attendance of our VIP Guests; John Purnell,QPM (Deputy Lieutenant for Harrow) with his wife Margaret Purnell; Cllr Nizam Ismail (Mayor of Harrow) with his wife, Mrs Zahafaran Ismail (Mayoress); Cllr Sachin Shah; Cllr Husain Akhtar; Navin Shah (Greater London Authority Assembley Member) with his wife, Cllr Rekah Shah; David Perry (Portfolio Holder for Community and Cultural Services) and Sonoo Malkani, Chair of the Harrow Police & Community Consultative Group.
With British weather, early morning rains dried up, and came out a day of sunshine, Harrow Asian Deaf Club had a huge turnout of over 220 people at Bentley Day Centre on Saturday 2nd June to celebrate Queen Diamond Jubilee celebration!
The Centre was beautifully decorated with British flags, balloon in red, white and blue and the artwork of fantastic local Deaf young students of Hatch End School with drawings of The Queen on displays across the Centre.
The programme started off with family fun day for all including Bouncy Castle for kids, BBQ, face painting and henna art and rounded it off with delicious cupcakes in colours of British flags with Queen’s crown motif on it, made by one of our committee member Sankeetha Balakrishnan.
Everyone were so excited with the special visit and joining our event to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, and being so proud of the contributions that Her Majesty the Queen made in the last 60 years of her reign.
With the arrival of our special guests – John Purnell QM QPM Deputy Lieutenant for Harrow with his wife, Margaret Purnell and Councillor Nizam Ismail, Mayor of Harrow with his wife, Deputy Mayoress Mrs Zahafaran Ismail, everyone lined up to greet them, waving British Flags, giving them a warm welcome and presented them with a large bouquet of flowers each. Deputy Mayoress was presented with the bouquet of flowers by Renuka, Chairperson of HADC whilst two of girls, Fatima Ahmed (9) and another girl (6) presented a large bouquet of flower to Margaret Purnell. All of our special guests were warmly touched by the friendly smiles and shaking hands with members of HADC. They were invited to join HADC in cutting a large Jubilee cake entitled: “Harrow Asian Deaf Club is proud to celebrate Queen Diamond Jubilee cake” which was served to all of our members and guests with tea/ coffee.
John Purnell and his wife Margaret were then introduced to people at HADC including the art work student Kathrene Borland (15) Ammaar Hussein (13) and Rochna Hay (13) of Hatch End High School who explained about their artwork including a portrait of Her Majesty the Queen. John and Margaret were amazed and impressed with their artwork. They were also introduced to HADC committee members who displayed their HADC’s creative collection of achievements.
The celebration were also joined by Navin Shah, London Assembly Member with his wife, Councillor Rekah Shah; Councillor Husain Akhtar; Sonoo Malkani, Chair of the Harrow Police & Community Consultative Group and saw HADC kicked off with entertainment provided by Nehal Bhogaita, Bollywood Dancer, Just Dance UK Finalist in the UK’s final 14 and Won the title of ‘Miss Talent’ in the beauty pageant ‘Miss Deaf UK’.
Nehal explained of how she enjoyed doing Bollywood dancing since the tender age of 11yrs and being Deaf herself, she was able to follow music by vibration via her feet and remembering the beats in her mind. She wanted to show that if she can do it, anyone can do it too. She gave a dazzling performance of her dance that had the audience admiring her and asking for encore!
Nehal explained of her dream to teach others to dance and offered a taster session on Bollywood dancing of which John & Margaret Purnell, Navin Shah, Nizam Ismail, Mayor of Harrow and some of the audiences joined in whole-heartedly and enjoyed it very much.
Councillor David Perry, Community and Cultural Services Portfolio Holder of Harrow Council was well known by HADC members as a Guest speaker at the previous event of London 2012 celebration in March 2012 and was warmly greeted by our audiences. David was also joined with his colleague, Councillor Sachin Shah with Finance Portfolio of Harrow Council.
The highlight of the evening was back by popular demand for a Quiz with a difference and fitting with the theme of the day, The Royalty Questions was hosted by Sabina Iqbal and four teams were captained by the Royal family as VIP Guests and wore masks of their Royal representatives as follow:
- Councillor David Perry as Prince William, Captain of the Duke of Cambridge Team (Blue)
- Nehal Bhogaita as Kate Middleton, Captain of the Duchess of Cambridge Team (Red)
- Stanley Hayward as Prince Charles, Captain of the Prince of Wales Team (White)
- Rosemary Cranwell as Camilla, Captain of the Duchess of Cornwall Team (Yellow)
It was a tough quiz and was so close in between teams. Sabina announced the winner with the score of 22 out of 24 questions as Duchess of Cornwall Team won the Quiz. The team were presented by Councillor David Perry (alas Prince William) with the medal, Jubilee badge and special flag before presenting the ‘Crown’ to the Team Captain, Rosemary Cranwell, alias Camilla, as our next Queen!