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HOLDING a street party was a highlight of the year for the residents living in Allens Road.

The 43 houses in the Southsea road decided to close their street for the celebration in a bid to raise money for armed forces charity Combat Stress.

2/11/2014 (EP) We Can Do It Awards''On Sunday afternoon The News We Can Do It awards took place at the Kings Theatre.''Pictured is: Residents from Allens Road in Southsea, with their award after winning the Best Street category.''Picture: Sarah Standing (143092-5924) PPP-140211-205034001

2/11/2014 (EP) We Can Do It Awards''On Sunday afternoon The News We Can Do It awards took place at the Kings Theatre.''Pictured is: Residents from Allens Road in Southsea, with their award after winning the Best Street category.''Picture: Sarah Standing (143092-5924) PPP-140211-205034001

And it also gave new residents the chance to meet the neighbours.

Their welcoming party won them Best Street in the We Can Do It awards at the Kings Theatre.

Resident William Edwards said: ‘It was unbelievable when we won.

‘We were shocked and never thought we would have a chance.’

Runners-up in the category were residents in Rowlands Castle, who came together to make a mosaic of the events the village held during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

But after raising £600 through the fun day, Allens Road was named winners at the ceremony at the Kings Theatre, in Southsea.

William added: ‘We used to do street parties a lot but hadn’t for a couple years.

‘So we decided to close the road, organise some games and activities and invite everyone along.

‘It was amazing when we realised we had raised £600 for Combat Stress.

‘I think we made all the new families to the street feel welcome too which was great.’

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