In the grip of Jubilee fever

Street party time at Silverdawn nursery, (below) the special Jubilee tram and (bottom) youngsters at Busy Bess in Warton.

Street party time at Silverdawn nursery, (below) the special Jubilee tram and (bottom) youngsters at Busy Bess in Warton.

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THE rain certainly did not dampen the spirits as Jubilee fever spread across the Fylde coast.

The start of four days of street parties to mark the Queen’s 60-year reign saw roads closed and red, white and blue bunting put up as communities got together to celebrate.

The special Jubilee tram

The special Jubilee tram

Downpours may have meant some parties had to move under cover, yesterday, but that did not put pay to the patriotic party mood.

Wendy Wood, who helped organise a party on Romney Avenue, Fleetwood, said: “It was a shame about the weather but we just put gazebos all down the middle of the street, and got the music playing and everyone really enjoyed it.

“We had about 100 people at our event.”

A best of British tea party was held at Dahlias Kitchen in Marton and across town Clifton villagers held their own ‘jubilations’ on Clifton Green.

Youngsters at Busy Bess in Warton. L-R Olivia Butterworth, Maia Spavold and Ellie Ward.

Youngsters at Busy Bess in Warton. L-R Olivia Butterworth, Maia Spavold and Ellie Ward.

And for those still in the mood to party, a Diamond Jubilee party will be held in the Marine Gardens in Fleetwood today at 2pm.

Families can bring picnics from noon, and there will be a youth parade, stalls and bands of various types will play throughout the day.

Tomorrow a Jubilee tea dance will be held at the Spanish Hall in the Winter Gardens from 1pm to 4pm.

Schools across the Fylde coast got into the spirit as pupils enjoyed royal parties and baked specially themed cakes.

St Michael’s Primary in Kirkham and Blackpool’s Park School planted a special oak tree donated by the Woodlands Trust and taken from the Royal Estate.

And pupils at the Whitegate Drive primary thoroughly enjoyed the day.

Nine-year-old Liberty Westworth, said: “It was mega good fun. I got to give it water.”

At Busy Bees nursery in Warton, children dressed up as kings and queens and pupils at Weeton Primary morphed into members of the royal family for a jubilee procession.

Silverdawn Day Nursery in Warton celebrated with a special buffet and some regal tunes.

Nursery supervisor Kylie Gregson said; “We decorated the nursery with British flags and had a big party with lots of food and fun.”

Meanwhile, Blackpool Council today announced a special Jubilee tram will take pride of place at this year’s Illuminations.

The council has teamed up with Fleetwood Heritage Leisure Trust, Kirkham Prison and Fylde coast schools to produce the Diamond Jubilee Tram.

It will be displayed by the tableaux at North Shore when the Illuminations are switched on at the end of August.

Coun Graham Cain, Blackpool Council’s Cabinet Member for Tourism and Culture, said: “This is a great project that involves the local community in both this year’s Illuminations and in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee too.

“The tram will look fantastic when it is finished and unveiled as part of the many special features we have in place for the centenary of the Illuminations.”