In 1977 we all went street party crazy for the jubilee

The rain failed to dampen spirits at Winchcombe Road, Paulsgrove.
The rain failed to dampen spirits at Winchcombe Road, Paulsgrove.

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The Portsmouth area had seen nothing like it since the end of the Second World War.

It was 34 years ago and the nation was celebrating the Queen’s silver jubilee - 25 years after she acceded to the throne.

Across the region, but especially in Portsmouth, that June day in 1977 was marked by hundreds of street parties.

Now perhaps some of the children in these photographs might recall the fun they had that day and put out the flags and trestle tables to mark this spring’s royal wedding.

As reported in The News, anyone wanting to organise a street party will not be charged a penny in Portsmouth because the city council has put £10,000 aside to make the celebrations for the marriage of Prince William to Kate Middleton go with a swing.

Back in 1977 patriotic Portsmouth displayed a determined spirit over the special jubilee bank holiday as thousands of revellers toasted the Queen at those street parties.

Refusing to be put off by the typically miserable holiday weather that dogged the festivities, the loyal crowds carried on regardless.

In Winchcombe Road, Paulsgrove, party organisers Margaret Smith and Sharon Miles were each given an engraved silver goblet and cared signed by all 127 children who took part. Tea was held under the shelter of a hastily-erected canvas awning.

Rain did not stop play at Northgate Avenue, Copnor, either. Children had races around Baffins Pond and then went back for fancy dress, tea and dancing to records while the adults had chicken and chips to round off the event.

Children at Kingsley Road, Milton, were determined to carry on with their games despite the rain. Many of the 65 youngsters at the street party just put up umbrellas and carried on regardless.

Residents of Shearwater Drive, Farlington, held their event the weekend before the actual bank holiday and enjoyed more usual June weather.

If you have a picture of your silver jubilee street party why not share it with readers and send it to me at the address at the foot of the page.

• E-mail events@portsmouthcc.gov.uk for information on how to set up a party in Portsmouth.