Neighbours ready to race at street party

ON YOUR MARKS Neighbours in Richard Grove will hold races at party.  Picture: Steve Reid (121545-842)
ON YOUR MARKS Neighbours in Richard Grove will hold races at party. Picture: Steve Reid (121545-842)
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WELLIES will be thrown across the street and races held as part of a traditional street party to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The games will be one of many favourite pastimes to feature at the knees-up in Richard Grove, Gosport, on June 5.

Neighbours will take part in a host of events, including egg and spoon and pancake races, a tug of war and many more activities.

Anyone who wins any of the races will be awarded a special gold medal.

And there will be a DJ and a hot supper at the event, with everything from filled baked potatoes to spaghetti bolognese on offer.

Resident Christine Bisset, one of the main organisers, 62, said: ‘We did this last year and it went down well.

‘Everyone liked it so much that they were asking to do it again and I thought why not.

‘We want to get more of the older people involved this year so have tried to organise things for them too.

‘The Queen’s only got two more years to go before she beats Victoria – that’s quite a big thing, and we should all be part of it.’

Mrs Bisset will make a Union flag cake and everyone will pull together to decorate the street with bunting, flags and red, white and blue.

Cars will be moved from the road to make room for tables and activities.

Neighbour Betty Perrin, 76, said: ‘I’m looking forward to the day and seeing the children enjoy themselves with the games and sporting events.

‘Things like this are important because they keep the community going and give us a chance to get together and celebrate.

‘It’s a huge achievement that the Queen has made it this long on the throne. I hope Prince William and Kate last this long too.’

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