The towns new mayor, Christopher Vane Percy, marked the Queens Diamond Jubilee by wearing the mayoral chains worn by his great-grandfathers cousin Philip Edward Tillard to celebrate Queen Victorias Diamond Jubilee. They were commissioned for the event in June 1897. I must be the only mayor in the country to have a family member who was also mayor for Queen Victorias Diamond Jubilee, he said. Its a great honour to be mayor for this event especially with the family history. Cllr Vane Percy held the towns beacon lighting event at his home Island Hall, attracting more than 250 people, including deputy Lord Lieutenant Sir Charles Chadwyck-Healey. Cllr Vane Percy said: After we lit the beacon we watched a firework display which was reflected on the River Great Ouse. We also played the Queens Coronation music, so the night felt quite inspiring. Also on Monday, the Exhibition and The White Hart pubs held Jubilee parties. The Comrades Club, in Cambridge Street, organised a party with a Punch and Judy show from magician Billy Banana, bouncy castle, music and food on Tuesday. Residents of Jarwood Walk and Comben Drive held a street party on the green at Mansio Place on Sunday where there was a childrens castle-making competition, an adults crown-making competition, a tug of war, games, barbecue and bouncy castle. Party co-ordinator Louise Copper said: There is an amazing community spirit in this neighbourhood. Despite the weather, everyone entered everything and took part. Former mayor Alan Welton celebrated the Jubilee with 20 of his neighbours in his garden on Tuesday and Croftfield Road had face painting and garden games at a street party.