Street parties to celebrate the royal wedding get underway

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THE wedding may be over, but parties across the area are just getting started.

Dozens of streets are holding their own celebrations this afternoon, from traditional tea parties to champagne receptions.

Madeline Oliver 7, Poppy Jordan 5  Olivia Horner 11 celebrate in Sussex Road, Southsea''.

Madeline Oliver 7, Poppy Jordan 5 Olivia Horner 11 celebrate in Sussex Road, Southsea''.

Residents were glued to their televisions all morning to watch the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton, but street parties have been springing up since 1pm.

Richard Germain, 63, of Lymbourn Road, Havant, said: ‘It has been a fantastic day so far.

‘The weather has been perfect and the wedding was a pleasure to watch.

‘I think they both make a fantastic couple.

‘It’s funny to think the whole world is watching us today.

‘On a smaller scale it has been nice to see everyone in my street coming together.

‘We’re a close knit community anyway but we haven’t had something like this for some years.’

Pub landlord Steve Erne has been getting into the party mode in Gosport.

The street party in Victoria Street has also been organised for residents in Albert Street and Leonard Street.

Steve, landlord of The Five Alls, said: ‘It’s going really well. The rain has held off.

‘It’s just for the community to get people together. A lot of people don’t know people on the street and it just gets everyone together.

‘We are always trying to get people to come to the pub, not just to drink but to socialise.’

There was a bouncy castle, a tug of war and karaoke. There was also a big selection of food.

Meanwhile in New Road in Fareham there was face painting, balloon modelling, a tug of war, and children have been taking part in three legged races.

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