Cadet band will play at knees-up to mark Jubilee

KNEES-UP Neighbours in Fifth Street, Fratton, are planning a Jubilee bonanza.  Picture: Sarah Standing (121573-1721)

KNEES-UP Neighbours in Fifth Street, Fratton, are planning a Jubilee bonanza. Picture: Sarah Standing (121573-1721)

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A MILITARY band will play at a street party to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in traditional fashion.

The Royal Marine Cadet Band will perform to residents of Fifth Street, Fratton, at their knees-up on June 3.

Neighbours have organised a disco and a children’s entertainer to keep the youngsters entertained.

There will be face painting and children’s games at the event and each of the residents will contribute food to bring to the party.

Organiser Linda Holt, 63, said: ‘It’s a great opportunity for us to get together and have a dance and a sing-song.

‘We’re quite a sociable street anyway and we all love a party – we have a street party any time there’s an excuse for one.

‘Everyone is looking forward to it and enjoying the build up.’

Music games, such as musical statues, will take place and it’s hoped more activities will be organised nearer the time as more people join the organising committee.

Mrs Holt added: ‘The Queen’s a fantastic woman. She’s well into her 80s and still performs her duties perfectly.

‘It’s an amazing achievement that she’s reigned for so long and we should all celebrate it.’

Residents on the street also held a party last year for the Royal Wedding.

Neighbour Carole Dent, 71, said: ‘The street parties are always brilliant, everyone really gets into them, especially the kids.

‘They love having the freedom of the street to run around in and not having to worry about cars.’

If you’re having a street party for the Jubilee, call reporter Sheanne Mulholland on (023) 9262 2170.

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