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By DAISY WALLAGE
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Community spirit was alive and kicking when neighbours armed with plates piled with food gathered for King’s Lynn’s largest Diamond Jubilee street party.
More than 500 people of all ages joined the celebrations in Windsor Road this afternoon (Monday), with each guest bringing a selection of tasty treats for the table.
A twenty-strong committee lead by six core members began planning the event in July last year and it was relief all round when the sun finally started shining this morning.
The street, off London Road, is closed and filled with tables and chairs borrowed from different churches around the town, all brightly decorated with red, white and blue.
For little ones, there is a play bus funded by a West Norfolk Council grant, face painting and a magic show, plus a number of games, stalls competitions and a live band.
“We were up at 7am setting it all up,” said organiser Jackie Haverson. “It has taken months of organising and fund-raising. The weather is fantastic and the whole community has come out and brought plates of food.
“People you usually just smile at are stopping and talking, so it’s really bringing everyone together.”
Mrs Haverson and fellow organisers Joanne Russell and Sharon Anderson became firm friends while organising a Golden Jubilee street party in nearby Guanock Terrace ten years ago.
About 400 people attended that event and there was a tug-o-war between the Porterhouse, Live and Let Live and Lord Napier Pubs.
Money raised at the street party will be donated to West Norfolk Young Carers so members can have a royal day out to Sandringham House.
The party will continue until about 5pm.