Friday, 1 June 2012

Street Parties

I don't think anyone in the UK will be reading blogs much this weekend because the nation is thinking in terms of A Giant Street Party. We're having one in our cul-de-sac, and I have a Pavlova to make for Sunday. It will be on the red, white and blue theme - cream, strawberries and blueberries! The Street Parties started as a celebration for the end of the First World War and now seem to have taken hold of people's imagination. The Queen has reigned for 60 years and that is something special. The last one was for Queen Victoria in 1897, 115 years ago, so not exactly in living memory. Until this year, that was the only diamond jubilee in recorded history of England, and no one alive today is likely to see another one. (If Prince William took up the crown tomorrow, he'd be 90 by the time he'd reigned 60 years. The odds on that happening are not great!)

So there will be food, drink, games, and quizzes out on the street on Sunday. Most of the neighbours, adults and children, will join in, and people come and go all the time. The last one was for the marriage of William and Kate, and the weather was rather on the chilly side. The weather forecast for Sunday has the north of England in sunshine, but the south has a blanket of blue across it  - but these forecasts are often wrong!


Rosemary Gemmell said...

I hadn't thought about the fact it's such a rare occurrence, Jen! Have a good weekend.

Jen Black said...

No - it only struck me as I wrote the blog. We all think William is so young, but he isn't now. What would romantic novelists say? A man in the prime of life?
Have a great weekend!