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Special cake and beacon at Orpington's hospice Jubilee event

PUBLISHED: 15:14 07 June 2012

This cake was made by former teacher Brenda Purton aged 71. 
It is decorated with images of Windsor Castle, Balmoral, Westminster Abbey and the Queen's favourite animals - a corgi and a racehorse and was made for the tea party when the Queen and Prince Philip vistied Bromley last month

This cake was made by former teacher Brenda Purton aged 71. It is decorated with images of Windsor Castle, Balmoral, Westminster Abbey and the Queen's favourite animals - a corgi and a racehorse and was made for the tea party when the Queen and Prince Philip vistied Bromley last month

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Guests enjoyed a very British buffet including cucumber sandwiches and sang God Save The Queen when a beacon was lit in Orpington to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Volunteer Joan Sloane (correct) had the honour of lighting the torch at Harris HospisCare (correct) in Tregony Road at 10.26pm precisely on Monday evening.

Once she had ignited the flame the 120-strong crowd sang the National Anthem followed by the official Diamond Jubilee song, Sing.

Earlier they had been entertained by The Bromley Rock Choir who sang songs including ELO’s Mr Blue Sky and The Zutons’/Amy Winehouse’s Valerie.

Revellers had also tucked into a special cake which was on display during the recent visit to Bromley by the Queen and Prince Philip. Made by Brenda Purton the cake was decorated with images of corgis, racehorses, Westminster Abbey, Windsor Castle and Balmoral.

Fundraising manager Christine Davies said: ‘This was a fabulous evening to celebrate the jubilee. We were honoured to be an official beacon site and the local community really supported the event.

“If only the gardens were bigger we could have had double the number attending. The event raised more than £2,500 for the hospice.”

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