It’s games from every decade at Royal party

FLAGS From left, Fred Hammal, Janice Hammal, Katherine Lewis, Liz Higgins, Steve Redman, and Laurie Higgins and Archie Higgins the black labrador.  Picture: Malcolm Wells (121623-7356)
FLAGS From left, Fred Hammal, Janice Hammal, Katherine Lewis, Liz Higgins, Steve Redman, and Laurie Higgins and Archie Higgins the black labrador. Picture: Malcolm Wells (121623-7356)

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PEOPLE are gearing up to bounce down their road in a space hopper race as part of a street party to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Neighbours in Selsey Avenue, Southsea, will take part in the event along with other more traditional races at the knees-up on June 3.

There will be activities for all the family, including hopscotch, stocks, a tug-of-war, pass the parcel and penalty shoot-out.

The street will be decorated in Union flags and bunting and a red carpet will line the middle of the road for the guests, who will all be in fancy dress or red, white and blue.

Laurie Higgins, 61, said: ‘Everyone’s looking forward to it. We had such a good time last year that we wanted to do it all over again and make it even bigger and better this time.

‘It’s a great excuse to get all the neighbours out together and celebrate for the Queen.

‘There are quite a few royalists on the road and Portsmouth is well known for its connections with the royal family through the navy – we wanted to reflect that.’

Residents will host competitions, including a cake contest, balloon shaping contest, silly hat contest and a Queen of the day competition.

A disco with music from every decade since the Queen took the throne 60 years ago will take place and residents will dance in the street.

The road will be cleared of cars and trestle tables with food and a barbecue will take their place.

Janice Hammal, 62, said: ‘There were a few people who couldn’t make it last year so we wanted to do another one that they could come too.

‘We don’t have a chance to see everyone in the street that often any more so it’s nice to get them all together and have a chat just like the old days when we used to go out shopping together.

‘I’m excited about it already. Everywhere I go I’ve been picking up little bits and bobs for the party. I keep seeing things that are good.’

If you’re having a street party for the Jubilee, call reporter Sheanne Mulholland on (023) 9262 2170 to have your event added to the Roll of Honour.