It may have poured down but streets still came out to party

COME RAIN OR SHINE Betty Perrin, Margaret Barratt and Judy Leggat in Richard Grove, Gosport.  ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (121958-708)
COME RAIN OR SHINE Betty Perrin, Margaret Barratt and Judy Leggat in Richard Grove, Gosport. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (121958-708)
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THE rain failed to dampen true British spirits as the area rounded-off its glorious Diamond Jubilee celebrations in style.

Street parties and Jubilee events braved the wet weather as downpours lasted for most of yesterday.

INSIDE The Diamond Jubilee festivities at The St James Church Jubilee tea party in Milton, Portsmouth.  Picture: Steve Reid (121958-472)

INSIDE The Diamond Jubilee festivities at The St James Church Jubilee tea party in Milton, Portsmouth. Picture: Steve Reid (121958-472)

Months of preparation culminated in a royal knees-up in Cams Bay Close, Portchester.

Residents put marquees together to form a makeshift party arena to shield the rain.

The 130-strong event, organised by Roger Harris and Karen Younghusband, featured live music and a firework display.

Resident Shamus Hodgson said: ‘We think it’s important that in a special time like this it’s a real opportunity for everyone to get together in a special way and know each other even better.

‘We have absolutely made the most of the day despite the weather – it’s the true British spirit.’

Cheryl Steele helped organise the Birdwood Grove street party in Portchester with partner Kevin Sparks.

They were raising money for the Rowans Hospice through a raffle and hoped to exceed last year’s total of £300.

She said: ‘These events don’t happen often and it’s important to celebrate them.

‘It’s a shame about the weather with all the hard work we’ve put in.’

Meanwhile, a Jubilee tea party was held in St Cuthbert’s Church, Copnor, with cakes, sandwiches, live music performances and activities for the children.

And Cunard’s three Queen ships – the Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth – arrived together in Southampton docks to mark the Jubilee.

The Right Reverand David Power said: ‘We had no idea how many people would turn up so we’re delighted with the turnout. It’s gone remarkably well.

‘Events like this are so important because they bring the community together and give all ages and types of people a chance to get to know each other.’