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BLAST off! Send is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first manned moon landings with two eye-catching artworks.

A decommissioned telephone kiosk has been transformed into a rocket, complete with flames spouting from its base, and, by the tennis courts, an astronaut is planting a large American flag on the lunar surface.

ALL SYSTEMS GO – the telephone box is transformed into a rocket

The design ideas are the brainchild of Get Creative, an arts-and-crafts group organised by Linda Parker-Picken.

“There are six of us, but unfortunately we were down to five for this project with Carol Phillips just out of hospital,” Linda said.

“The reaction overall has been really positive. It’s part of a community activity, and we’re encouraging people to come along to the Recreation Ground on Saturday [July 20] between 12 and 2.

“Everyone is welcome. It would be fun if they came in fancy dress, and we’ve got face painting for anyone who wants stars on their cheeks!”

For the full story get the 18 July edition of the News & Mail

TOUGH CHALLENGE – Brian East will be attempting to cycle a gruelling 3,500km

TOUGH CHALLENGE – Brian East will be attempting to cycle a gruelling 3,500km

A CYCLING-MAD grandfather is set to contest the Tour de Force next month – despite turning 68 just days before the gruelling 3,500km race gets underway in Liege.

Brian East, of Kevan Drive, Send, is one of just 25 riders set to take on the challenge which follows the exact route of the famous Tour de France, once described by Lance Armstrong as the toughest race on earth.

Brian, who leads three spinning classes a week at the Nuffield Health and Fitness Centre in West Byfleet, will race in aid of the William Wates Memorial Trust, which aims to keep disadvantaged youngsters away from crime.

He has already raised more than £1,600.

Brian will cover his own expenses, leaving the wear and tear of 20 days non-stop cycling as the only real concern for the fitness fanatic.

He said: “It was an opportunity to help disadvantaged people but also a challenge that appealed.

“I’m a little apprehensive because you do pick up strains in training but I can cycle 100 miles without a problem.

“I’ve got no problem with the uphill climbs. To put it all together for 20 or so days is going to be difficult – that’s the killer. It’s all a bit unknown at the moment.

“You’ve got to have a tough mental attitude. The body is the first thing to give up and you need that mental strength to get you through.”

About 100 riders will complete various legs of the route but only Brian and 24 others will take on the loop of France in its entirety.

Brian had to provide a doctor’s note to ensure he was able to travel a distance equal to that from London to Cairo.

He said: “My family think I’m crazy. My biggest concern is to arrive at the start in good shape.

“I’m being treated for a couple of injuries but I’m out on the bike for about eight hours at a time to prepare myself because staying in the saddle for massive periods is what it is all about.”

Brian’s journey starts in Belgium on Sunday and ends in Paris on July 15. You can sponsor him by visiting www.bmycharity.com/brianeast

SUITS YOU, SIR - Matt Cobb with his greyhounds sporting Jubilee cravats

SUITS YOU, SIR - Matt Cobb with his greyhounds sporting Jubilee cravats

IT was a weekend none of us will ever experience again. Street ­closures were rejoiced. The weather was not an issue. The Queen was ­celebrating 60 years on the throne and Woking was in the mood to party.

In Chobham a red, white and blue wave of people washed through the high street.

Horsell crowned its ­Jubilee weekend with a collection of hats that Her ­Majesty would have felt at home in.

While hundreds of picnickers ­savoured this historic moment on Byfleet village recreation ground.

A regal parade, fronted by a stirring marching band, hit the right note with revellers at ­Pirbright Green.

In Ripley, hundreds watched on as the Diamond Jubilee beacon was lit on the village green. And Pat Baker, born in the year of The Queen’s coronation, unveiled a commemorative plaque to mark the occasion.

In total, 48 roads were lawfully closed for residents to take their parties to the street.

The Queen is the physical embodiment of all that is great about us and our country

And there were hundreds of impromptu gatherings tucked away in the borough’s streets, as friends, families and neighbours ­enjoyed a right royal knees up.

A sing off and ­Wellington boot ­throwing competition was held at Maitland Close, West ­Byfleet.

Champion ­thrower James Post, 38, said: “Celebrating a ­Jubilee is very unique.

“There will not be a day like this again for a very long time so we should take the time to enjoy it.”

Residents of Lincoln Drive, Pyrford, received the shock of their lives when the Mayor of ­Woking, Michael Smith, arrived with Mayoress Anne Murray and joined in their ­Jubilee bash.

Freda Spickett, 84, of Send, toasted Elizabeth II’s Coronation in 1953 and remembered it being very similar to her Diamond Jubilee. She said: “It was wet and very cold that day, too.”

As The Queen marked her 60th year as head of the monarchy, villagers gathered on the green to celebrate her outstanding achievement.

A rousing marching band led a parade of patriotism, with young and old decked in their finest royal-themed fancy dress, with red, white and blue the order of the day.

Cunningham House retirement home residents decorated two golf buggies to join in the action before everyone tucked into a mouth-watering lamb roast.

Laura McMurniman, 25, who grew up in the village and was married in St Michael & All Angels church last summer, said: “It’s great how so many different generations are involved.

“My whole family being here made my dad so happy – he was actually born in the village.

“I know she was really busy but I’m sure The Queen would have loved seeing everyone enjoying themselves.”

Laura’s husband Sheldon, 30, added: “Pirbright is the quintessential British village.

“The community spirit and ‘tally- ho’ attitude really does epitomise everything we are celebrating this weekend.

“The Queen is the physical embodiment of all that is great about us and our country.

“Even the cricketers were out and about gearing up to try and get some overs in despite the rain.”