Traditional Portsmouth street party raises cash for armed forces charity

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THERE’S nothing like a good party – and it’s even better when it’s on your doorstep.

That was the sentiment yesterday as residents in Allens Road shut their street, brought in music and games and had a great knees-up.

The ''Allen Road street party in Southsea. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (142165-3)

The ''Allen Road street party in Southsea. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (142165-3)

The sun shone on the Southsea street as neighbours enjoyed the fun and raised cash for forces charity Combat Stress.

Moira Vence-Gunstane was there with her 13-year-old daughter Jessica.

Moira said: ‘It’s good, it brings everyone together.

‘There’s a lot of new families in the road so they haven’t been to them before.

20/7/14 ''Allens Road street party in Southsea. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (142165-1)

20/7/14 ''Allens Road street party in Southsea. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (142165-1)

‘In the build-up to it we’ve had street party meetings – it’s an opportunity to meet each other. It’s a really lovely road, everyone gets on.’

Jessica added: ‘It’s quite cool, there’s loads going on.

‘I enjoyed the bouncy castle and hanging out with all my friends in the road.’

Becky Clayton, 39, moved in to the road last summer with her husband Ollie, 31, and their seven-year-old daughter Molly.

She said: ‘It’s lovely, you don’t often get this any more in Portsmouth. The road we lived in before, you might say “hello” to the neighbours but that’s it.’

A bouncy castle, raffle, home-baked goods auction, music and even a visit from the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Cllr Steven Wylie, kept everyone entertained.

Katherine Nisbet, 32, one of the organisers, said the party was put on to welcome new neighbours and raise cash for charity.

She said: ‘We wanted to do something with D-Day and the 100th anniversary of the First World War.’

She added raising cash for Combat Stress recognises armed forces’ work. She said: ‘It’s a really good way of honouring the work they do.’