Morecambe broke the record for Britain’s longest ever anniversary street party on Sunday as more than 5,000 people enjoyed a picnic along the promenade.
And across the country, thousands more braved the rain and joined their neighbors in putting tables and chairs outside their front doors for a traditional British toast to the Queen.
An estimated 16,000 street festivals were held in villages and towns across the UK.
In Lancashire, families wearing Union Jack hats eat sandwiches and cakes at 500 tables along a mile-and-a-half long Morecambe seafront.
Cheryl Ferdinand, 72, who brought her own crown, said: “It’s fabulous to see so many people bothering and so many people dressing up.”
“I’m a huge fan of the Queen and the Royal Family. She is lovely.”
Mark Hilton, 68, wore a Union Jack waistcoat with a matching bow tie and bowler hat.
Despite the ominous gray clouds overhead, he said: “It’s wonderful. It doesn’t matter what the weather is doing. Nobody goes home.”
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Louise Simpson, 52, sported a giant Union Jack bow in her hair with a matching dress.
She said: “It’s fantastic. It shows a great community spirit. I’m a bit of a royalist. I like the queen.”
The event raised nearly £5,000 for a local cancer charity and Ukrainian refugees, with picnickers paying £10 to hire a table before filling it with their own sausage rolls, fairy cakes, snacks and drinks.
Luke Trevaskis, Chief Executive Officer of Morecambe Borough Council, helped organize the town’s ‘Big Lunch’ alongside the Eden Project.
He said: “The response has been phenomenal. It exceeded our expectations.
“The weather forecast didn’t look good, but people weren’t put off. People were determined to make this event a success.
“You can’t celebrate a platinum anniversary every day. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime event and people didn’t want to miss it.”
In Bristol, an award-winning street celebrated 3,000 biryanis in the colors of the Union Jack.
St Mark’s Road in Easton has been voted Britain’s Greatest Street by the Academy of Urbanism for bringing people together.
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Abdul Malik, co-chair of the St Marks Road Community Group, added: “We may all have different opinions when it comes to the monarchy, but one thing that is truly amazing is the 70 years in the service of the Queen, it is inspiring.”
In Quedgeley, Gloucestershire, hundreds of people lined the streets to see schoolchildren, cadets and vintage cars take part in a parade in honor of the monarch.
The village of Melbourn, Cambridgeshire, came together to celebrate under a giant marquee and hundreds of revelers attended a giant outdoor picnic on Market Street, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire.
In Newcastle-upon-Tyne, dozens of residents of Walker’s Clipstone Avenue gathered for an anniversary street party.
And in Alder Road, Failsworth, Greater Manchester, homeowners donned their raincoats to brave the downpour
Afternoon tea was held in Blackpool’s Tower Ballroom and a 1km Big Jubilee Lunch was held on a bridge over the River Thames, stretching between the villages of Goring and Streatley in Berkshire.
Edinburgh Castle was the backdrop for a picnic in West Princes Street Gardens where the Platinum Jubilee Pageant was broadcast live from London on giant screens.
Edinburgh’s Lord Provost Robert Aldridge said: “The Platinum Jubilee is a truly historic event and it was important to find a fitting tribute here in the capital to those who wish to come together and celebrate the occasion.”
Around 600 street festivals honoring the Queen took place around the world, including in Canada, Brazil, New Zealand, Japan and South Africa.
Crowds gather in disaster-hit Aberfan
Hundreds of devoted royal well-wishers converged to enjoy the Platinum Jubilee in Aberfan.
The close-knit Welsh hilltop village has been synonymous with The Queen since the terrible disaster of October 1966.
On that horrific day, an entire generation was almost wiped out when 150,000 tons of coal waste slid down the hillside before engulfing Pantglas Junior School.
Prince Philip traveled to Aberfan without the Queen for the first time a day after the tragedy, and it is believed his wife stayed away so as not to distract from the rescue effort.
But when she arrived, she was noticed silently comforting a woman for half an hour after learning she had lost seven relatives.
Her Majesty, 96, visited the Welsh mining village on October 29, 1966, eight days after a devastating manure avalanche killed 144 people, including 116 children.
She has visited her many times since, earning a warm place in the hearts of the locals who have gathered in great numbers to honor her.
All the more remarkable because the event, which was actually supposed to be an open-air festival, almost couldn’t take place due to bad weather.
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Festival organizer Janett Bickley, 64, even injured her ankle trying to stop a runaway marquee in high winds.
But it wasn’t enough to stop her or other partygoers.
Janett even appeared in royal attire with a ball gown, tiara and even heels for the occasion.
All the while carefully escorting a cardboard cutout of Her Majesty.
Janett told The Mirror: “Nothing would stop us from celebrating the anniversary.
“The Queen has a very special bond with all of us here, make no mistake.
“We really respect her and wish her nothing but the best after being here in our darkest hours.
“A lot of people in Aberfan actually met her, I’ve a couple of times, so the idea that a bit of wind and rain would hold us up was nonsense.
“I really want this day to be known as the day we brought the post-Covid community back together and saw faces we haven’t seen in a long time.
“We just want everyone to go home with a smile and a happy feeling.”
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The anniversary event, which will feature singers, dancers and other performers from across Wales, was saved at the last minute by the local leisure centre.
It was packed with happy revelers of all ages, many in costume, enjoying the festivities.
Among them were friends Kerry Cloke and Linda O’Shea.
They wore matching Union Jack t-shirts and said a little rain would never deter them.
Kerry, 58, said: “We didn’t want to let the weather cancel anything and we’re just really happy to be here to celebrate the anniversary.
Echoing her friends’ sentiments, Linda, 51, said: “I really wanted to come and get involved so we can bring the whole village together.
“We also had a street party yesterday so obviously I love the anniversary.
“There’s real affection for the Queen here and we like royalty so we’ll make sure it’s celebrated.”
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Tanya Stevens, 55, has met the Queen twice during her visits to Aberfan and is very proud to have had her picture taken next to her, as did her mother, who first met The Queen in 1973.
Now the manager of Trinity Child Care Center in Tanya Village says she is proud to be one of the organizers of the event.
She said: “Today was fantastic, especially considering the weather.
“Everyone gave us so much support and pulled together.
“I looked at the crowds at The Mall and thought oh we can’t compete with that but I think we did proud.
“I was pretty nervous when I met the Queen.
“We had to follow protocol and curtsy while offering your hand, and let me tell you that’s not easy when you’re someone with no coordination.
“But she was nice and asked about the Aberfan community project and how we all got on with it was great.
“It was great getting a picture with her because it meant both me and my mum had pictures with the Queen, which was a proud moment, quite emotional for us.
“I was born in Aberfan, live in Aberfan and work in Aberfan, I’m a real Aberfan girl and the Queen can be there anytime, we wish her well.”
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