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The five winners of our street party contest share their different ways of throwing the ultimate party

MILLIONS of us are feverishly chasing pennants for the Platinum Jubilee street parties taking place across the country during next week’s four-day bank holiday.

But throwing an anniversary party will no longer be a headache for the lucky residents of Five Streets – they’re the winners of our Brilliant Sun Street Party Contest.

Millions of Britons will celebrate the Queen's platinum jubilee by throwing up a proper royal knee

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Millions of Britons will celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee by throwing up a proper royal kneePhoto credit: Reuters
Residents of Dumfries Street, Treorchy are one of the winning streets to receive vouchers to help them celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee

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Residents of Dumfries Street, Treorchy are one of the winning streets to receive vouchers to help them celebrate the Queen’s Platinum JubileeCredit: Huw Evans

We’ve teamed up with Island and The Food Warehouse to give away five prizes worth £2,000 so winners can buy everything they need for their royal knees including food, alcohol, table decorations and of course bunting.

Mike Ridley announces our five winners – who are way ahead now and gearing up for the big weekend. . .

Worcester

THE patriotic people of Pinkett Street love a proper royal knee.

Since the Queen’s coronation in 1953, these locals have thrown TEN royal parties down their street in Worcester.

But her 11th performance – next weekend’s Platinum Jubilee street party – will be the best ever.

The patriotic folk of Pinkett Street love a real royal knee

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The patriotic folk of Pinkett Street love a real royal kneeCredit: Paul Tonge

That’s because organizer Susanne Albutt has just raised £2,000 in Iceland vouchers to buy all the goodies they need to give 300 residents a great day out on the long bank holiday Sunday.

And among those in attendance will be seven pensioners who were children when Pinkett Street celebrated the coronation of young Queen Elizabeth.

The 1953 street fair was organized by Sandra Smith’s mother, Louisa, and her aunt, Doris.

Sandra, 74, a retired childminder, says: “My mother threw the party in the backyard of the butcher’s shop down the street.

“I was five but remember sitting on scaffolding boards around tables and cheering.

“My mom would go door to door with a big old stroller and fill it with jellies, puddings and sandwiches from neighbors.

“It’s so special to see childhood friends from that party now, almost 70 years later.

“I still live on the street and most of the others live nearby. We are back together celebrating another milestone in history.

“It’s great that The Sun and Island are strengthening the community spirit as we pay tribute to our amazing Queen.

“We are thrilled to be one of the winning streets.”

Iceland boss Richard Walker says: “Pinkett Street is a very worthy winner of the £2,000 vouchers.”

Morecambe

Organizers of Britain’s biggest jubilee street party are using their £2,000 to feed 5,000 people seated at a row of picnic tables stretching a mile and a half.

Hundreds of tables line the seafront in Morecambe, Lancs, for a record-breaking luncheon in support of cancer and Ukrainian charities and a mass toast to the Queen.

Organizers of Britain's biggest anniversary street party are using their £2,000 to feed 5,000 people

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Organizers of Britain’s biggest anniversary street party are using their £2,000 to feed 5,000 peopleCredit: DAVE_NELSON

Organizers said winning our competition means they can bet on party food rather than expecting revelers to pay for it themselves as many squeezed families struggle with the rising cost of living.

Councilor Tricia Heath says: “The vouchers from The Sun and Island mean we can now provide food to attendees.”

A van has been booked for a huge order from Iceland for food, flags and Union Jack mugs for next Sunday’s bash.

Sun reader Sue Mason has nominated Morecambe’s extra large lunch for one of our £2,000 awards.

Sue, 65, a retired supermarket worker, will be attending the party with six buddies from the Women’s Institute in red, white and blue outfits.

She says: “It’s great that we won because it means people can enjoy the party without having to worry about the cost.”

At the 2012 Diamond Jubilee, 2,000 people had lunch at the prom and locals were determined to set a new anniversary record this time.

The diverse communities of Morecambe will come together for the bash.

Town Council chief officer Luke Trevaskis said: “We are hoping for the biggest anniversary street party in the UK.”

Treorchy

A STREET where families were left homeless by flooding smiles again after winning our Anniversary Jackpot.

Some residents of Dumfries Street in Treorchy in the Rhondda Valley of South Wales have been forced to move out for six months after Storm Dennis destroyed their homes in February 2020.

Over 120 residents of Dumfries Street in Treorchy will be at the celebration thanks to our £2,000 prize

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Over 120 residents of Dumfries Street in Treorchy will be at the celebration thanks to our £2,000 prizeCredit: Huw Evans

Locals were worried they couldn’t afford an anniversary street party but thanks to The Sun and Island they can now have a brilliant day next Saturday.

Over 120 residents of the street will join the celebration thanks to our £2,000 prize.

And the kindhearted people of Dumfries Street are donating the leftover money to a local food bank and to charities for the homeless.

Mair Dean, 75, a retired supermarket manager, will never forget the day floods destroyed her street.

She says: “The mud was scary. People had to move out. Those who stayed – like us – had to live upstairs due to damage on the ground floor.

“It was very upsetting, but now there is joy everywhere. Nobody can believe that we won the competition.

“We are a small mining village – that doesn’t happen here. Many Thanks.

“We are a disadvantaged neighborhood. People are worried about having enough money to throw a party. But that barrier is gone now.

“The 75th VE Day celebrations in 2020 gave us a taste of community parties and this time we have local radio, musicians, fire engines, police cars, bingo and dancing all lined up.

“And we’ll all be toasting to the sun.”

Hamilton

LOW-KEY plans for an anniversary celebration at their housing estate have been scrapped after locals won The Sun’s £2,000 prize.

Now 500 residents of the Udston estate in Hamilton, South Lanarks, will have a right royal knee instead on Thursday.

500 residents of the Udston estate in Hamilton, South Lanarks will pull up a right royal knee on Thursday

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500 residents of the Udston estate in Hamilton, South Lanarks will pull up a right royal knee on ThursdayCredit: Tom Farmer

Leaflet CEO Iain Milligan, 53, says: “We’ve never had a party, but such a big occasion just had to be celebrated.”

He adds: “We managed to raise £840 from donations and fundraising so we are providing party bags for children with balloons, bracelets, pens and hats.

“But winning The Sun’s competition means we can now feed everyone and give food and cake to a care home and families here who are struggling with the cost of living.”

The people on the property are enthusiastic. Iain says: “Everyone is invited and we’re going to celebrate in style – we couldn’t have done it without The Sun.”

Leigh on Sea

GWEN COOK has been organizing street parties on Leigham Court Drive since the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002.

She told a meeting to plan her platinum jubilee street party that it was unlikely they had won The Sun’s £2,000 prize, so the 300 locals would need to raise money for their celebration in the city of Essex.

Gwen Cook has been organizing street parties on Leigham Court Drive since the Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002

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Gwen Cook has been organizing street parties on Leigham Court Drive since the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002Photo credit: JOHN McLELLAN

Gwen, 53, says: “We were in the middle of a neighborhood gathering about the street fair and were saying, ‘Well, we didn’t win then’ when the phone rang to say we had won.

“At first we thought it was a setback. Then we all started cheering and screaming.”

Locals don’t have to go far to redeem their £2,000 vouchers – there’s an Icelandic shop just down the street.

Mum-of-four Gwen says: “It’s like our corner shop. The money really helps. We’re going to push the boat out now and it will be The Sun who won it for us.

She added: “We’re expecting 300 people and we organized a ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ competition, the most patriotic window display, chalked the street, a bake-off, musicians and every game you’ve ever heard of.

“It’s about everyone coming together.”

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