The biggest street party in the UK? Goring and Streatley put on a 1.3km party to remember for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee
Thousands of people enjoyed a street party to remember as two villages joined together to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
A total of 550 tables stretched down the High Streets of Streatley and Goring, spanning across the River Thames, and joining the counties of Berkshire and Oxfordshire.
And not even the grey skies of Sunday could dampen spirits at the party – thought to be one of the biggest ever held in the country.
It was down to volunteer organisers Louise and Ben to work out the seating plan of the “hugely complicated jigsaw puzzle” as 3,520 people, across 337 individual bookings, were all allocated a designated spot along the 1.3km party line. Thousands more people mingled among the tables, soaking up the fantastic atmosphere.
Louise said: “It was a roaring success. It was crazy but amazing and all the reports we’ve had since were hugely positive.
“People were making new friends and meeting up with old friends.
“There were also people celebrating birthdays and anniversaries and they said it made them really memorable.”
The picnic, which was free for residents thanks to the generosity of individual donations and sponsors, also saw a band and opera and a replica crown passed along the entire length of the table. At 2.30pm the thousands of revellers joined together to sing the National Anthem.
“People all dressed up; there was even a gentleman dressed up as the Queen,” added Louise, who was able to enjoy the party with her family and friends from Goring. “We all had a really great day.”
The villages first hosted a giant street party in 2012, for the last jubilee, and felt it was fitting to tie the Platinum Jubilee in with another huge party as part of the GAP festival – a cultural event held biannually as a legacy of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. More details at www.thegapfestival.org
“It takes a whole community to arrange a day like this, not just to create the incredible atmosphere... but to make sure it runs smoothly and safely and is enjoyable for everyone,” said Ginny Avery, GAP Festival artistic director. The GAP Festival runs until Sunday (June 12).