Diamond Jubilee celebrations on the Fylde

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THE Fylde coast turned red, white and blue as residents went Jubilee crazy to celebrate the Queen’s diamond reign.

A sea of bunting and Union Flags adorned streets up and down the coast as families came together to party in parks and at the roadside.

The Queen celebrates her Diamond Jubilee in London. Fylde coast celebrations in Fleetwood, Poulton, Freckleton and Blackpool Tower.

The Queen celebrates her Diamond Jubilee in London. Fylde coast celebrations in Fleetwood, Poulton, Freckleton and Blackpool Tower.

After Sunday’s torrential rain, the lucky residents who held their parties yesterday were able to celebrate for more than one reason as glorious sunshine bathed the Fylde coast.

Hundreds turned out to enjoy a mass party at Fleetwood’s Marine Gardens while other major events at Blackpool Tower and Pleasure Beach saw Fylde folk get into the spirit.

More than 600 people turned out for a street party in Rossall Road, Ansdell, where folk enjoyed donkey rides, fancy dress and childrens’ games.

Organiser Michelle Thomas said: “It was the perfect day. The weather was kind to us, it was lovely. The whole community of Ansdell really got together.”

Diamond Jubilee celebrations in the Marine Gardens at Fleetwood.

Diamond Jubilee celebrations in the Marine Gardens at Fleetwood.

Claire Greenwood, one of the organisers of a party on St Ives Avenue, South Shore, said: “It was great fun. We wanted to hold the event to do something for the community as a whole.

“I didn’t know half the neighbours before, but it has brought everyone together – it was just fabulous.”

Nicola Winter, who organised a party in Tretower Way, Thornton, said it had been a big success.

She said: “It was a really nice atmosphere and everybody enjoyed it.”

Jubilee Party in Park Rd, Poulton.

Jubilee Party in Park Rd, Poulton.

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Childhood memories of the Silver Jubilee of 1977 prompted a street party in Park Road, Poulton.

Organiser Shelley Lowe said: “We wanted to re-create that for the children, to give them a lovely memory for when they grow up.

“It’s a nice community event. Everyone really enjoyed it and the we got really lucky with the weather.”

Freckleton parish Council has planted a raised floral bed to celebrate the Queen's diamond jubilee.''L-R Cllr Tommy Threlfall, Janet Clarke from United Utilities, Chairman of Freckleton Parish Council Liz Willis and Clerk of the PArish Council Ken Armistead.

Freckleton parish Council has planted a raised floral bed to celebrate the Queen's diamond jubilee.''L-R Cllr Tommy Threlfall, Janet Clarke from United Utilities, Chairman of Freckleton Parish Council Liz Willis and Clerk of the PArish Council Ken Armistead.

Afternoon tea was served at a street party in Stockdove Wood, Cleveleys where 60 people celebrated the occasion with music and dancing.

Gemma Jackson, one of the organisers, said: “It was a lovely day. We sang Land of Hope and Glory and the national anthem.

“We just think the Queen is wonderful. Whether you’re a Royalist or not, she is such a great example and wonderful figure for the country. It brought everyone together and we had a great time.”

The weekend drizzle failed to dampen the spirits of party-goers in Clifton, with 80 people taking to Clifton Green to celebrate.

Organiser Yvonne Riley said: “It didn’t deter us from enjoying any of the games for the children and it was a good afternoon and evening.”

And despite Sunday’s weather making it a wash-out for several planned street parties, residents in Fleetwood and St Annes defied the rain.

Diamond Jubilee Gala Concert at Blackpool Tower Ballroom.

Diamond Jubilee Gala Concert at Blackpool Tower Ballroom.

On Fleetwood’s Galloway Road a war-time tea-room, pub games and a baking competition were on the menu and Julie Lee, who helped organise the party, said: “The turnout was brilliant and we even had Fleetwood darts champion Wes Newton playing darts. It was a really special day.”

Darbishire Road, Fleetwood, also hosted a party and organiser Joe Boe said: “It was absolutely fantastic. We had tarpaulin across the street, gazebos and more food than you could eat.”