Military theme will make party a day to remember

CELEBRATION Residents of Cockleshell Gardens in Eastney will hold a party to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee
CELEBRATION Residents of Cockleshell Gardens in Eastney will hold a party to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee
Amanda Morby, Portsmouth

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A MILITARY-themed knees-up will be held in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Residents of Cockleshell Gardens in Eastney will host the unusual street party on neighbouring playing fields at the Royal Marines Association club house.

Revellers will be treated to a performance from the Royal Marine Cadets Band and an explosive military display from youngsters in camouflage.

And there will be many of the more familiar street party features at the event on June 2, including races, games, fancy dress competitions, and a bouncy castle.

An ice cream and burger van will visit the site and there will be a buffet.

One of the organisers, Doreen Stevenson, 68, said: ‘We haven’t had a street party before and this seemed like the perfect occasion.

‘We all wanted to celebrate the Jubilee in a special way, and it’s a good time of year to have an outdoor event.

‘To have a Queen on the throne for 60 years is a momentous occasion and it ought to be celebrated.’

They will host a large raffle with prizes ranging from a luxury hamper to tickets to the Historic Dockyard in Portsmouth and all profits will go to the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund.

A range of games for adults have been organised, including skittles and a quiz based on old pictures of Portsmouth.

And the area will be decked out in red, white and blue, Union flags and bunting.

The party will be opened by the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Cllr Cheryl Buggy and Cllr Terry Hall will judge the fancy dress competition.

Residents are hoping a fire engine and police car will attend the event, depending on emergency commitments of the day.

Co-organiser Kelly Bailey, 41, said: ‘I remember going to a party for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee as a child – it was wonderful.

‘That’s what we want to do for the children round here – create a lovely memory for them.

‘It’s a historic moment after all, and it’s unlikely that any other king or queen in the future will achieve 60 years so it’s a big thing.

‘And it’s just nice to get everyone together to have a good time.’

n If you’re having a street party, call reporter Sheanne Mulholland on (023) 9262 2170.