Platinum Jubilee: Street parties taking place across UK as celebrations enter final day | UK News


From street parties in 1953 through every jubilee celebration since, we’ve long marked the monarch’s milestones.

The village of Horsted Keynes in West Sussex is a picturesque spot, with a long green and a pub at either end.

Back in 1953, the village held a party here on the day of the Queen’s coronation.

An old video filmed by the Women’s Institute captured the celebrations, complete with fancy dress and donkey rides.

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Seventy years on, and the platinum party planners are watching the old film for inspiration.

One of the organisers, Sarah Webster, said: “It’s just nice to bring everyone back together again, especially after what’s been happening in the last few years. Everyone really needs it, you know, just all of us to pull together and have some nice time.”

Millions are going to parties across the UK – you can find one near you here.

In Sheffield, Lisa Moreman’s street has been making 300m of bunting to decorate their houses.

She has a photo of herself, as a little girl, enjoying the Silver Jubilee.

It’s a day she still remembers all these years later.

“They had all of the street parties, and got all the children out, and it was just a great occasion. Hopefully we’ll do something similar for our children to remember to pass on to theirs,” Lisa said.

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In Preston, they’re planning the country’s biggest party. It’s a two-day celebration; a massive mela, and a meal for 600.

Gulab Singh is one of the organisers, and said: “Preston is so diverse, it’s got lots of different ethnic minority community groups in the location, so it’s important to reflect the residents of Preston to be here and let them feel part of this national celebration.”

Some streets looked at the forecast and brought their parties forward a day.

Others are making wet weather plans, and trying to rainproof their celebrations.

In Birmingham, Ruth Chipperfield, has bought tarpaulins and waterproof bunting for her party.

“We’re hoping it’s not going to be a complete washout, so that’s why we’re improvising with as much plastic above head as possible, because it will be a real shame if everyone is huddled under umbrellas looking miserable,” she said.


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