THERE were crowns fit for a Queen, a tug-of-war, and a bouncy castle as kids at a Furness infant school joined nation in celebration to mark the golden jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in 2002.

The Mail reported when pupils and teachers were able to enjoy a school holiday in the week starting May 29 a whole range of colourful events were due to be held for the once in a lifetime occasion.

Excited youngsters at Ramsden Infant School, in Thwaite Street, Barrow, found themselves invited to a surprise street party.

The children had been learning about the jubilee and created their own crowns to celebrate the event.

There was a special surprise that had been organised by headteacher Janet Holland in the form of a colourful bash to celebrate the event.

Governor Tony Slater had baked a special Union Flag cake and tables were laid out in red, white, and blue.

The rain did not stop the fun and the children played on an assault course and a bouncy castle.

Youngsters at George Romney School, in Cobden Street, Dalton, came dressed in different styles of the decades.

The pupils would also perform a series of special songs and hold a picnic on the school fields.

Roose Primary School, in North Row, Barrow, also decided to hold a street party on Friday.

Jubilee events at Yarlside Primary School, in Redoak Avenue, Barrow, included the release of 250 balloons, one for each child.

The children were also allowed to wear fancy dress and volunteers will enjoy a jubilee meal.

Elsewhere adult parties would continue over that coming weekend and all through next week.

The national celebration marked the 50th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth to the thrones of seven countries on the death of her father King George VI on February 6 in 1952.

The Queen travelled more than 40,000 miles to events in the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Canada.

The bulk of the United Kingdom events were held in May and June with the biggest being on June 4 when a million people gathered in London in celebration.