Neighbours at war – but it’s all part of the fun

PATRIOTIC At the front are Amber Anstey three, Beatrice Villanuev, five and Jes Villanueva, four. Behind them are Ronald Villanueva, Amanda Harcombe, Rebecca Anstey, Alison Murray, Andy Jeffery and Alex Hutchins with 16-week old daughter Neve.  Picture: Paul Jacobs (102957-1)
PATRIOTIC At the front are Amber Anstey three, Beatrice Villanuev, five and Jes Villanueva, four. Behind them are Ronald Villanueva, Amanda Harcombe, Rebecca Anstey, Alison Murray, Andy Jeffery and Alex Hutchins with 16-week old daughter Neve. Picture: Paul Jacobs (102957-1)
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BATTLE lines are to be drawn between neighbours on two sides of a road in Gosport.

But this isn’t an example of neighbours at loggerheads – more a case of them challenging each other to a tug of war.

The fun contest will be part of a street party to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

There will also be a water balloon fight and many traditional games and races at the event in Tintern Road, Gosport, on June 3.

Neighbours have joined forces to organise the outdoor party and will put on a buffet spread for everyone to enjoy.

Other activities on offer include a bouncy castle, DJ, live music performances, and a raffle.

Any money left over from the kitty will be donated to Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service (Gafirs).

One of the organisers, Andy Jeffery, 43, said: ‘We’ve got a great community spirit in this street and every so often we have a night out together. We thought this would be a nice way to spend some time together and get to know some of the newer residents a bit more.

‘We didn’t have a street party last year for the Royal Wedding and as it got closer to the event we wished we had.

‘So this year we’re getting ourselves organised nice and early so we don’t miss out on all the fun.’

Flags and bunting will be hung in the spirit of the occasion and there will be a best dressed house competition.

A projector will be set up outdoors for youngsters to play console games on, and later in the evening the bouncy castle will be for adults only. The last time the neighbours of Tintern Road held a street party was for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee 10 years ago.

Resident Amanda Harcombe, 44, said: ‘We’re all looking forward to having a good day with lots of fun things going on and some tasty food. It’s been such a long time since the last street party, and there are so many new people who live here now that it will be lovely to spend some time with them.

‘We’re going to show them what a great street they live on and hopefully we’ll all get to know each other a lot more. It’s all about breaking down the barriers and having a great time together.’

If you’re having a party to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, contact reporter Sheanne Mulholland on (023) 9262 2170.