'Long live the Queen' archway in Queenstown raises some eyebrows
An archway in Queenstown proclaiming "Long live the Queen" has left some scratching their heads, even as residents gathered last night for a concert to mark the estate's 60th anniversary.
The arch was put up as part of the celebrations at the estate, which was named after Queen Elizabeth II. Nine of 15 Singaporeans The Sunday Times spoke to described the arch as odd, calling it a "colonial hangover".
"It's not appropriate as we are an independent country and no longer under British rule," said polytechnic course manager Tia Boon Sim, 57, who lived in Queenstown for the first 16 years of her life.
Since Sept 13, the estate has been marking its anniversary with a two-week-long arts and heritage festival, which includes 37 performances and exhibitions. Over 22,700 residents attended these events. An anniversary concert was held at Tanglin Halt Community Plaza last night.