ROYAL decorations are already being made to transform the outsides of houses for a street party to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Residents of Allens Road in Southsea are dressing their houses for the event on June 3 in the hope of winning a competition for best decorated home.
They will hang flags and bunting before taking part in races and games, including a tug of war, bouncy castle, go-carting and chalk painting.
Neighbours will then host an Allens Road Talent Show and an awards ceremony where certificates will be handed to competition and sport event winners.
One of the organisers, Bill Edwards, 68, said: ‘We had a street party last year and it was such a good success that as soon as it finished people were asking when we would do the next one.
‘It’s great way for everyone to get to know each other and it’s good for community spirit in the street.
‘But we want to celebrate for The Queen.
‘It’s not often someone makes it to 60 years on the throne – we should cherish the moment.’
Children will have the chance to make a crown and decorate biscuits at the party and there will be a Jubilee-themed cake competition.
It’s hoped there will also be a live band or DJ to close the event in style.
Neighbour Sarah Bond, 41, who is also helping organise the knees-up, said: ‘There is a history of street parties in this road and we wanted to keep that going.
‘It’s a nice way to meet people that we wouldn’t necessarily get the chance to otherwise and have a bit of fun.
‘And it’s good to have something to celebrate for a change.
‘There has been so much doom and gloom recently and I think everyone wants a bit of a break from it.’
Regulars at the White Horse pub, Southsea, will also join in the celebrations with a street party themed event in the pub’s garden on June 2.
There will be a tug of war, crown jewels hunt, traditional street games and races at the event, as well as a tea party with cakes and scones.
One of the organisers Emma Woodward, assistant manager of the pub, said: ‘We’re going to transform the pub with bunting and flags and make it a special day.
‘It’s part of a number of events taking place over that weekend, including a beer and ale festival which will be on at the same time as the street party.’
n If you’re holding an event to mark the Jubilee, contact reporter Sheanne Mulholland on (023) 9262 2170.