The Great British Street Party: Why Britain loves the tradition of war

A Cambrian Road resident in period costume holds a street party to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day in Chester

The anniversary provides the perfect excuse for a street party (Picture: Paul Ellis via Getty Images)

Whether it’s a royal wedding or just a get together, many Brits will never miss the opportunity to throw a traditional street party.

Millions will flock to the streets with neighbors for the Queen between June 2nd and 5th Platinum Anniversary. But what’s behind the country’s love of a good old-fashioned street festival?

Many people will think of VE Day, which signals the end of WWII, as the beginning of Britain’s love affair with the street party – but it goes back further.

Here’s everything you need to know…

When did British street parties start?

While it wasn’t that historic day of May 7, 1945 – the very first VE Day celebrations – that started the tradition, it is steeped in wartime – namely World War I.

Yes, it was 1919 when the obsession with street parties began in Britain, when so-called “peace teas” were set up between households across the country to mark the end of the First World War.

Image of a Peace Tea street party held in 1919

Street parties were held at the “Peace Tea” to celebrate the end of World War I (Image: Hulton-Deutsch via Getty Images)

The events were primarily hosted for children, but it wasn’t long before they became a tradition for all ages after seeing the impact the parties had on the community life.

A national day of street festivals was established in 1935 to commemorate the jubilee of King George V and in 1937 to celebrate the coronation of King George VI. and held again on the VE and VJ days at the end of WWII in 1945.

A street party in Morpeth to celebrate the Queen’s coronation in 1953 (Image: Getty Images)
A street party to celebrate the Queen’s coronation in 1953 (Image: Getty Images)

Since then the events Reserved for days marking VE Day and important life events of Queen Elizabeth II and other major royals – including coronations (well, just the one), weddings and, of course, anniversaries.

What’s happening on the occasion of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee?

Some celebrations have already started across the country. In fact, on the Friday before the May 27 semester, some schools held street parties where students could come in costume or non-school uniforms.

A primary school in Llandeilo, Wales, is throwing a party to celebrate the Queen's platinum jubilee

A primary school in Llandeilo, Wales, throws a party to celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee (Image: Adisa Amanor-Wilks)

Entire areas of London will be partying in style, with organizers working with Rambert and Pineapple Dance Studios to transform Wembley Park into a huge dance party.

This was announced by the organizers of the event “Street festivals provide a unique opportunity for local communities to come together in a spirit of joy and celebration. This is especially true in Brent, one of London’s most diverse areas, with 150 languages ​​spoken.

“Outdoor community events like the Jubilee Dance Party allow residents to connect in new ways, rediscover their area and meet their neighbors.”

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In Covent Garden, businesses get together for the ‘Great Piazza Party’, where visitors can walk the royal red carpet at the Royal Opera House and pose with the ‘Queen’s Guards’ at The Ivy Market Grill.

Elsewhere on ordinary residential streets across the country, people are planning their events for the big weekend. On a street in Woodford, northeast of the capital, local residents are planning a party that will draw everyone in the area and get the neighbors talking.

Dipti Solanki, who organized the party on her street, said: “We will have our street party on June 5 and had a tremendous response from all our neighbors.

“As well as meeting everyone on the street, we spotted a couple who attended the Silver Jubilee celebration 30 years ago – they will be our royal guests of honor and will open the party with a cutting ribbon and they will be crowned.

“We have traditional board games for children and adults, activities, live music and a DJ, and food from around the world.”

Artwork of plans for the anniversary celebrations at Wembley Park

Wembley Park turns into one huge street party for the Platinum Jubilee (Image: Wembley Park)
An artist has drawn a day of celebration in Wembley Park (Photo: Wembley Park)

Meanwhile, in the Welsh village of Llandybie, Adisa Amanor-Wilks will receive dozens of people in her courtyard, which will be “decorated with British and Welsh flags”.

she said “For us as a local community, the celebrations are a reminder that we are more united than we are led to believe. The Queen has long been the symbol of unity for a country as diverse as the United Kingdom.

“People from all walks of life come from this small village and we are proud to be able to come together to celebrate this wonderful moment for someone whose values ​​represent us all.”

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