Portsmouth celebrates the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

22/5/12_SM'Residents of Harold Road in Stubbington prepare for their Diamond Jubilee street party.''Picture: Steve Reid (121777-619)

22/5/12_SM'Residents of Harold Road in Stubbington prepare for their Diamond Jubilee street party.''Picture: Steve Reid (121777-619)

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THOUSANDS of people across the area will get into the party spirit today to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Streets, village halls, fields, and churches will be awash with red, white and blue pride as revellers soak up the atmosphere.

Around 10,000 people are expected to hit the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard from 10am for the Victorious Vintage free two-day festival.

The event is the collaboration of the dockyard, Love Southsea, The Boutique Market and Little Johnny Russells, and features vintage stalls, games and a host of live music.

Gracing the main stage in the Victory Arena this evening will be 90s rockers Dodgy, while other acts across the weekend include The Bog Rolling Stones, The Silver Beatles and Mark Morris from The Bluetones.

In Southsea, there will be parties at St Jude’s Church, in Queen Street, and Cockleshell Gardens.

Hilary Close in Fareham will embrace the day, as will Trevose Way, Colenso Road and Hillary Close, while William Close and Robins Close in Stubbington will also celebrate the occasion.

There will be parties in Romsey Avenue, Portchester, Mariners Way, Warsash, at the Seafield Park Recreation Ground and at St Peter’s Church in Titchfield.

Further events are organised for Hillside Avenue in Waterlooville, Stephen Close in Cowplain, South Lane Meadow in Clanfield, Park Parade in Leigh Park, a street procession in Rowlands Castle and Whitehorn Road in Hayling Island.

There will be events in Gosport in Brighton Avenue, The Seagulls, St John’s Square, Keel Close and a fair in Nicholson Gardens, Gosport.

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