Already making plans

KNEES-UP! Residents of Agincourt Road prepare for their street party. From left:  Ann Johnson, Joan Couzens, Maureen Moorley, Maureen Maplesden, Tash Bezer and Kellsie Mason
KNEES-UP! Residents of Agincourt Road prepare for their street party. From left: Ann Johnson, Joan Couzens, Maureen Moorley, Maureen Maplesden, Tash Bezer and Kellsie Mason
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NEIGHBOURS in Agincourt Road, Buckland, are gearing up to celebrate the Royal wedding in style.

An excited group of them have already applied to Portsmouth City Council for funds to hold a street party to mark the occasion – and every household is invited.

Those organising the event have been holding street parties in Agincourt Road for decades, since the tradition began in 1945 with a celebration for VE Day.

Maureen Maplesden – who has lived in Agincourt Road for 49 years – does most of the organising and was asked by neighbours to hold a party for the Royal wedding.

The 69-year-old said: ‘We were already planning a big one for next year for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee but people kept asking me what was happening for the wedding so I thought we’d better do something.

‘Everyone just loves getting together – it brings the community together and means you get to know people you wouldn’t otherwise, especially new people that have just moved here.’

In the past, events were also held for Diana’s wedding and for the Queen’s Silver and Golden Jubilees.

For each party every house was hand-decorated by 61-year-old Ann Johnston.

She said: ‘I made big crowns for the Jubilee and everyone thought they looked lovely, but there was so much work involved in making them, I had to start about a year in advance.

‘I don’t know what decorations we’ll have for the wedding because there’s not much time to get organised but it will be a great atmosphere.’

Maureen Morley, 73, also helped with the organising.

She said: ‘I’m really looking forward to it. Everyone dresses up and it creates a great community spirit, and makes it a really pleasant place to live because everyone knows each other.

‘I really would encourage everyone to get involved.’