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Monday, June 4, 2012
Cupcakes were iced, crowns were polished and people gathered in the sun as they enjoyed a third day of Jubilee celebrations on Monday.
Following on from Sunday’s downpour, it was a case of keeping calm and carrying on for those who had spent months planning their parties.
People living in Nile Road, Gorleston created a nostalgic day with a giant skipping rope stretching across the street.
Youngsters took part in the egg and spoon race, tug of war and musical chairs and people looked the part in boater hats and blazers.
The party was officially opened by the street’s oldest residents, Ron Mallion, 90, and his wife, Vera, 86, along with a host of the youngest children.
“It was very emotional,” said Jean Smith, who organised the event. “I have lived in this road for 32 years and about two months ago I thought it would be a good idea to hold a Jubilee party.
“It was tremendous, everyone had a good day.”
Following on from the success of their Royal wedding party last year, residents living in Swirles Place, Great Yarmouth, closed their street to hold a fun day.
With two bouncy castle, face paints, a juice bar, barbecue and tea party, more than 100 adults and children spent the day playing games and dancing.
Organiser Claire Jex said: “We did it to have fun and raise money for Help For Heroes - it’s a charity which is close to everyone’s heart. The party went better than I could have hoped for - I just wanted to community to all get together and that’s exactly what happened.”
In Suffield Road, Gorleston, residents lined the street with tables of food and flags as they enjoyed a day of entertainment.
Organiser Steve Symonds said: “I have lived here for six and a half years and I didn’t know many people. I thought it would be the ideal way to get to know people and to be neighbourly. We have had a great time and everyone has got to know each other.
“We raised money for the East Norfolk Friendship group, a charity which helps disabled adults.”
After a picnic feast, everyone took part in games including a quiz and bingo.
Each person was given a souvenir badge in a wallet to remember the day.
Meanwhile at the Shurblands youth and adult centre in Gorleston, young Queens helped to lead the celebrations, which saw the local churches, school and residents join together.
Rev Betty Trinder said: “It was a collaboration between Ormiston Venture Academy, St Mary Magdalene Parish Chuch, Magdalen Methodist Church and MESH.
“It was a great day to get together, have some fun and celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.”
Youngsters had their faces painted and took part in games such as welly throwing and beat the goalie.
Mayor Colleen Walker paid a visit to the party. She said: “I have been all around the borough this weekend and have seen a lot of happy faces, it has been fantastic. People have shown that they are bringing the community spirit back and it has been wonderful to see the young and older people mixing together.”