King's Lynn pals team up to organise jubilee street party
A group of friends who originally got together for the Royal Golden Jubilee celebrations 20 years ago have teamed up again to arrange a street party in Lynn's Windsor Road to mark the Platinum Jubilee.
They are planning several hours of events starting with an official opening by West Norfolk's borough mayor and money raised going to local causes.
One of the group, Joanne Russell, reveals are old hands at street parties and have plenty of experience of organising jubilee celebrations in their neighourhood.
She said: “It all began with a chance remark by myself in our local pub, when I said I remembered going to the Silver Jubilee street party as a young girl and was surprised nobody was doing anything.
“A friend overheard and said "You should speak to my wife as she thinks the same!". Telephone numbers were swapped and a small committee soon started meeting up in the pub to organise it! And we've stayed friends ever since!
“The street party was amazing and we had over 300 people come along!
“Ten years later, we did the Diamond Jubilee street party, this time with the same children now growing up and able to help.
Over 400 came this time and ...wow...what a celebration!!
“And in a few weeks, we'll be part of history never to be repeated, (certainly not in my lifetime!), 70 glorious years, the Platinum Jubilee!! How utterly amazing to be part of this historical moment!
“As we've done before, our aim is to create precious memories for the children, lift and join the community together, ( even more important now with the last few years!) and celebrate our treasured Queen.
“The Street Party is free so everyone can come along. Everything has been sponsored or donated! Road will be closed and all of us volunteers to make it happen.”
The programme will include fancy dress, a singalong, a bring and share picnic, a marquee with rare animals, magician Josh Maddocks, an inter-pub challenge and tug-of-war, pub games, raffles, tombola and photograph exhibition of past parties.
Any monies raised from raffles, donations etc, are going to buy a community defibrillator and split between three local charities - 8.56 foundation, Pandora Project and the Young Carers.
Joanne added: “We've delivered over 500 invitations to the community and the response from volunteers and donations for fundraising has been phenomenal. The atmosphere is incredible ... everyone chipping in and getting sooo excited!!