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THOUSANDS of people joined joyful jubilee street parties and community events across the New Forest and Christchurch over the long bank holiday weekend to mark the Queen's 70-year reign.

Residents of Avenue Road and East Bank Road in Brockenhurst took their party indoors to the Methodist Hall due to downpours
Residents of Avenue Road and East Bank Road in Brockenhurst took their party indoors to the Methodist Hall due to downpours
Avenue Road and East Bank Road in Brockenhurst held at the Methodist Hall
Avenue Road and East Bank Road in Brockenhurst held at the Methodist Hall
Avenue Road and East Bank Road in Brockenhurst held at the Methodist Hall
Avenue Road and East Bank Road in Brockenhurst held at the Methodist Hall
Forest Oak Drive in New Milton
Forest Oak Drive in New Milton

Residents took to the streets – braving downpours on the Sunday – to mark the historic occasion, sharing delicious buffets and afternoon teas with neighbours across beautifully decorated tables and raising a toast to Her Majesty.

Forest Oak Drive in New Milton
Forest Oak Drive in New Milton
An afternoon tea for the over-80s was hosted in Brockenhurst Village Hall
An afternoon tea for the over-80s was hosted in Brockenhurst Village Hall
Brockenhurst Football Club, with stalls, bands and the presentation of the Brockenhurst Citizen of the Year awards
Brockenhurst Football Club, with stalls, bands and the presentation of the Brockenhurst Citizen of the Year awards
The jubilee beacon in Fawley was lit by county councillor Alexis McEvoy and parish council chairman Cllr Alan Alvey
The jubilee beacon in Fawley was lit by county councillor Alexis McEvoy and parish council chairman Cllr Alan Alvey

There was live music and national anthem singing, along with royal quizzes, face painting, crown decorating and craft activities.

New Milton celebrations (photo: Steve West)
New Milton celebrations (photo: Steve West)
New Milton celebrations (photo: Steve West)
New Milton celebrations (photo: Steve West)
Stilt walker Jasmin Edwards at New Milton (photo: Steve West)
Stilt walker Jasmin Edwards at New Milton (photo: Steve West)
Jilly and Dotty the dog at New Milton (photo: Steve West)
Jilly and Dotty the dog at New Milton (photo: Steve West)

Various community events attracted huge crowds, with celebrations taking place at New Milton Recreation Ground, Brockenhurst Football Club, and Copythorne Parish Hall. There were also beacon lighting ceremonies at Burley, Mudeford Quay and Gang Warily Recreation Centre in Fawley.

Kat Collett's fire show at New Milton (photo: Steve West)
Kat Collett's fire show at New Milton (photo: Steve West)
Piper John Adams at New Milton (photo: Steve West)
Piper John Adams at New Milton (photo: Steve West)
Stanley Road in Highcliffe
Stanley Road in Highcliffe
New Forest Drive in Brockenhurst
New Forest Drive in Brockenhurst
Copythorne Jubilee Committee put on a great event which was attended by nearly 2,000 people (57152703)
Copythorne Jubilee Committee put on a great event which was attended by nearly 2,000 people (57152703)
Burley villagers gather for the jubilee beacon lighting (57152721)
Burley villagers gather for the jubilee beacon lighting (57152721)

County councillor Alexis McEvoy, who lit the beacon, said: “It is only appropriate that this unique milestone in history is marked with beacons and music. We are honoured to be part of this special event for Her Majesty, The Queen’s 70th year as our Monarch and Head of the Commonwealth on her Platinum Jubilee.”

New Forest Drive in Brockenhurst
New Forest Drive in Brockenhurst
New Forest Drive in Brockenhurst
New Forest Drive in Brockenhurst
New Forest Drive in Brockenhurst
New Forest Drive in Brockenhurst

A special afternoon tea was also held at Brockenhurst Village Hall for the over-80s, which was funded by the village trust and the Royal British Legion.



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