New Addington woman hits back over Diamond Jubilee party row
AN "UPSET" neighbour has hit back at her neighbours who said her family failed to take part in their New Addington street Jubilee celebrations, stating her party was in fact planned first.
Last week, the Advertiser reported how a cash row led to the Ballard family not taking part in their own street's party to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in Walsh Crescent.
Neighbours spoke out about how the family had refused to pay extra money on top of the £20 they had already donated to the cause, which was expected because they had extra family members coming – instead deciding to host their own party in their front garden.
Now Susan Ballard, who organised her own party, has hit back, stating as far as she was aware there was no issue and the incident has caused her "unnecessary grief".
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The 55-year-old said: "I have been called a troublemaker and that is not fair.
"The street party in Walsh Crescent was originally organised for the Tuesday, not the Monday.
"I had planned mine a year ago, and my family were always coming.
"It worked out as an extra five families with 12 extra children, some of them my grandchildren.
"The street party organisers wanted an extra £10 from me per family, which means I would have been paying £70 for the children just to go on the bouncy castle.
"I thought that was extortionate so I told them I would not allow my grandchildren to go on the bouncy castle and that I wasn't going to pay.
"They then gave me back my original £20, which I never actually asked for.
"I thought it was amicable."
And far from holding her party out of spite, Mrs Ballard also says she went out of her way to make sure the parties worked together.
"I knew they had a DJ so when he started, I turned my own music off. Then when it stopped at 11pm, I turned mine back on," she explained.
"We even had some of the other neighbours over singing and dancing to our music.
"There was no Royal ding-dong. It was a wonderful day as far as I am concerned."