Gearing up for a right royal party and English feast

HAPPY Residents from Green Farm Gardens in Hilsea get ready for their Diamond Jubilee street party.  Picture: Steve Reid (120883-737)
HAPPY Residents from Green Farm Gardens in Hilsea get ready for their Diamond Jubilee street party. Picture: Steve Reid (120883-737)
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LAST year, they threw a party to mark the Royal wedding.

And they enjoyed it so much residents of Mark Close and Green Farm Gardens, in Hilsea, Portsmouth, have started planning another knees-up – this time for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

There will be street games, quizzes and an English-themed buffet with everything from cucumber sandwiches to cream scones at the event on June 3.

Maurice Hutty, 78, of Mark Close, said: ‘Last year was so delightful that we wanted to do another one.

‘Everyone loved it and it was so nice to have a chance to sit down and chat to each other.

‘We made far too much food last year.

‘We won’t be doing that again, but we’ll still have a feast.’

As well as traditional games for the children, including chalk drawing, pin the tail on the donkey and races, residents will take part in two quizzes created by the neighbours.

Mr Hutty is writing one of the quizzes and a second quiz is to be created by Green Farm Gardens resident Keith Brocks.

Neighbours will wear red, white and blue and a competition will be held for the best hat.

Sue Crockford, 70, who has lived at Green Farm Gardens for 36 years, said: ‘Last year was the first street party we’ve had since I lived here and we got to know each other so much better through it.

‘Now we all stop to chat in the street which is nice because that wasn’t happening before.

‘It’s created much more of a community.’

The road will cleared of cars and decorated with Union Jack flags and bunting.

Diane Brocks, 53, of Green Farm Gardens, said: ‘There’s been a great response already and everyone has offered to pitch in and do their bit to help.

‘We were looking for an excuse to have another street party after last year’s went so well.

‘Hopefully this one will be tongue in cheek, like it was last time.’

If you’re having a party to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, contact reporter Sheanne Mulholland on (023) 9262 2170 to have your street added to the Roll of Honour.