Diamond Jubilee
Communities unite for Jubilee celebrations

By Tim Clarke 06/06 Updated: 07/06 15:21

Buy photos » Five month old Tiana Crump wonders what all the fuss is about as she joins the celebrations on Kingston Avenue with mum and dad Dorothy and Brian. Picture by Marcus Mingins 2312029MMR2. Order this picture at www.buyphotos247.com

THOUSANDS of people defied the miserable wet weather to be part of a feast of Diamond Jubilee celebrations which swept every corner of the city.

Four days of street parties, picnics and other fun-filled games and activities with a patriotic flavour finally drew to a close on Tuesday as people of all ages celebrated the Queen's 60 years on the throne.

The weather could have been kinder for many with Sunday and Tuesday's celebrations particularly badly hit by heavy rain, but not even this could dampen the community spirit.

About 50 groups held Jubilee parties including schools, resident and traders' associations, churches, scout groups and care homes.

There were also more than a dozen street parties including the residents of Pinkett Street who braved the worst of the weather on Sunday to continue their great tradition of Royal parties.

People sheltered under a giant gazebo as they enjoyed a children's entertainer, competitions, dancing, a pig roast, disco and singer.

Co-organiser Sandra Smith said: "It was fantastic and because it was raining we were all closer together under cover and laughing. You couldn't do anything about the weather so you had to just laugh and carry on."

Community spirit was also alive and kicking on Kingston Avenue on Tuesday where nearly 300 people tucked into party food, took part in a quiz and competitions to decorate a crown and cakes, which was judged by city councillor Neil Laurenson.

Rachel Chalmers, who helped organise the event with Angela Porter, said it was the first street party held in Kingston Avenue since the Silver Jubilee.

They were lent a hand by Perdiswell Leisure Centre who let them borrow tables, with chairs provided by Bishop Perowne CE College and prizes from Blooms Garden Centre and Tesco.

"Everyone was so positive despite the weather and there was a real buzz. It was just great to have everyone together and a real sense of community spirit," Mrs Chalmers said.

With so much food for partygoers to get through the street donated its leftovers to St Paul's Hostel, which supports the city's homeless.

Elsewhere there were festivities organised by groups including the New Hope centre in Ronkswood which welcomed Worcester MP Robin Walker to its Jubilee Party.

The respite centre for children with disabilities and complex heathcare needs organised flower pot planting with the help of Bill and Ben the Flower Pot Men, as well as games and a competition to create the best drawing of the Queen.

Churches were also at the centre of the flag-waving celebrations with Omberlsey Road Methodist Church welcoming about 80 people to a Strawberry Jubilee Tea Party, while at St John Baptist Church in Claines gallons of tea was sunk and a mountain of cakes devoured as 450 people joined together for a 1950s themed Children's Tea Party in the church grounds.

Afterwards each of the children were given souvenir Jubilee mugs and balloons to remember the occasion.

Buy photos» People living on Pitchcroft Lane in Barbourne decked the street with Union flags and bunting as they organised their own Diamond Jubilee street party on Tuesday. Picture by Marcus Mingins 2312028MMR. Order this picture at www.buyphotos247.com

Buy photos» Kingston Avenue residents Mike and Val Stephenson show their patriotic side as they celebrate the Jubilee with Joan Bridges. Picture by Marcus Mingins 2312029MMR4. Order this picture at www.buyphotos247.com

Buy photos» The residents of Cormorant Rise organised their own festivities.(s)

Buy photos» The residents of Kingston Avenue sit down to enjoy their party food. 2312029MMR3

Buy photos» Worcester MP Robin Walker enjoys the Jubilee fun and games at the New Hope centre. Picture by Kirsty Fowler Photography.

Buy photos» Face-painted youngsters get into the party spirit at the New Hope centre on Tuesday. Picture by Kirsty Fowler Photography.

Buy photos» Residents at Gheluvelt Court in Barbourne were treated to a Jubilee celebration tea organised by the coffee morning committee of Barbara Hellicar, Greta Lawrie, Pamela McConachie and Joan Pardoe. (s)

Buy photos» About 80 people enjoyed the Stawberry Jubilee Tea Party at Ombersley Road Methodist Church. (s)

Buy photos» Tables stretched the length of the grounds of Claines Church which staged a 1950s Children's Tea Party. (s)

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