It’s no secret that Her Majesty the Queen marked a marvellous 70 years on the throne in June, and all R.E.A.L. sites joined in the platinum jubilee celebrations.

Learners and staff across R.E.A.L. sat down for an afternoon tea, with Sandhills being treated to live music and homemade sausage rolls cooked by the learners. Woodhouse Road had been busy handmaking a copious amount of bunting while Hinckley made some picture perfect jubilee cupcakes.

The RIS Ilkeston carefully used their finest bone china tea cups at their afternoon tea while those at the Concorde House hub had stuck mini Union Jack flags in most items on their tables full of food.

All sites were wonderfully decorated in red, white and blue, with flags, bunting, napkins, hats, photographs, drawings and themed clothing throughout the celebrations.