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Mallow Park Street Party Goes Ahead Despite Rain Date: 04.06.12

RE-TREAT FROM THE RAIN: Gregor Webster holding a biscuit he decorated under shelter, during rain at the event. RE-TREAT FROM THE RAIN: Gregor Webster holding a biscuit he decorated under shelter, during rain at the event.
(Photo: © Andrew Burdett 2012)

The Mallow Park Street Party went ahead in spite of the rain, which saw residents and their friends and relatives celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Cover from the elements was provided by gazeboes, but short breaks in the rain enabled the young and old to play games on the longest stretch of the road.

The Party Planning Committee chairman, Gavin Webster, said that he was "delighted" that residents had been able to celebrate in spite of the rain. "At first we were worried that we'd have to move indoors or cancel the event altogether, but were lucky to have enough shelter to keep everyone dry." He added, "If anything, the unpredictable British weather added to the authenticity of the event!"

One resident said how great it was to have had "such high community spirit", explaining she'd made friends with "people who are quite literally at my doorstep, but I'd never even spoken to before".

The party soundtrack was provided by a playlist of all the households' favourite tracks, ensuring an eclectic mix of everything from Elvis and The Kinks to LMFAO and Rizzle Kicks. Ann Burdett ran games, races, and an obstacle course, enjoyed by revellers of all ages. A range of food, including a huge barbecue and traditional Indian food, along with salads and desserts, was served at around 5:00pm.

The Diamond Jubilee Street Party is not the first that the Cranbrook Drive cul-de-sac has held: previous such parties were held in 2002 for the Queen's Golden Jubilee and in 1977 for the Silver Jubilee.

Profits made from the sale of the tickets will be donated to the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance.


The official photographs (creditable to '© Andrew Burdett 2012') of everyone present can be downloaded in full-resolution here, or email for full-resolution versions of the photographs in our gallery.

Copyright © 2012 Andrew Burdett. All Rights Reserved.