The sun mercifully pushed its way through the clouds at about 10 minutes before the Camlet Way Jubilee street party was about to kick off. The little green was decorated with bunting and a table loaded with sandwiches, cake and all manner of tasty things. The music was on, and the wine flowed. The children rushed around madly, dancing and zapping each other with water pistols until they were thoroughly soaked and absolutely exhausted, while the adults chatted about everything and nothing and the rain stayed away. A really lovely afternoon enjoyed by all.
Fishpool Street - Monday 4 June
"We wanted to do something different for the Diamond Jubilee from the Annual Garden Party and so it turned out! About 150 residents and friends turned out into the street around the Lower Red Lion end with tables, chairs, and shared food. There were quizzes, competitions for fancy dress, best hat, best decorated house, best dressed pet; and plant, bric-a-brac and cake stalls. Over lunch a group of us sang rousing patriotic songs. The children enjoyed bat the rat, a coconut shy and other attractions. It was a great day for the street and a fitting celebration for our Queen."
Prae Close - Monday 4 June
The Queen's Jubilee was celebrated in style on 4th June, with tables down the centre of the road covered with food and drink to reflect the occasion. A fund was set up at the outset which provided items such as bunting, balloons, tablecloths and prizes for the children. It also covered the cost of hiring a “bouncy slide" to keep the younger ones well occupied. Generally people brought their own food but that meant there was an opportunity to try what others had brought! A communal beer barrel proved very popular.
Towards the end of proceedings 50 balloons were filled, tagged with an email address and then released. Several were reported from Kent, but the prize-winner landed in the garden of a family at Bethune in northern France (just west of Lille), 150 miles away!
Kingsbury Avenue - Tuesday 5 June
This was a very historic Diamond Jubilee street party – the last one took place just after the Second World War. The houses were entwined with bunting and the event well prepared for the weather with gazebos because, yes, it continued to rain! At 3pm the party started with a beer barrel, a tureen of Pimm’s and homemade cakes in place. Later we started firing up the barbeques, lined up outside number 30, and had lots of other food provided by the 90% of the street who took part. Everybody hugely enjoyed the occasion and we hope it is not another 60 year gap before our next street party