Houghton neighbours set for third jubilee street party decades after the first

Residents of Fairburn Avenue in Houghton are organising a street party which will be the third Jubilee the street has marked.
Residents of Fairburn Avenue in Houghton are organising a street party which will be the third Jubilee the street has marked.
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FOUR generations are preparing for a Royal celebration that has become a tradition in a Wearside street.

Fairburn Avenue, in Houghton, is preparing for its third jubilee party to mark the reign of the Queen.

Residents of Fairburn Avenue in Houghton are organising a street party which will be the third Jubilee the street has marked.''1977, The Queen's Silver Jubilee''***** COPY PICTURE *****

Residents of Fairburn Avenue in Houghton are organising a street party which will be the third Jubilee the street has marked.''1977, The Queen's Silver Jubilee''***** COPY PICTURE *****

The cul-de-sac held a celebration for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977 and another in 2002, to mark her Golden Jubilee.

Now neighbours are dusting down the bunting and flags as the street prepares a party to top all the others for the Diamond Jubilee in June.

One of the organisers Jean French, 75, said: “This will be the third celebration we’ve had in the close.

“We’ll have people who were granddaughters at the silver one who now have grandchildren of their own, which is really nice.

Residents of Fairburn Avenue in Houghton are organising a street party which will be the third Jubilee the street has marked.''2002, The Queen's Goldon Jubilee''***** COPY PICTURE*****

Residents of Fairburn Avenue in Houghton are organising a street party which will be the third Jubilee the street has marked.''2002, The Queen's Goldon Jubilee''***** COPY PICTURE*****

“We’re really looking forward to it because it’s become a bit of a tradition in the street.

“I was just young when the silver celebration took place and I thought it would be a shame for the little ones now to miss out.”

On June 5, Fairburn Avenue residents will gather in the street for the party.

They plan to put up bunting and flags and have tables running down the middle of the street, offering food and drinks.

There will also be music and games for youngsters to get involved in.

Jean is looking forward to getting her two great-granddaughters, Ellie, six, and Rebecca, three, involved.

“A lot of people think it’s only the older ones that are interested in stuff like this, but so far it looks like it will be a good turnout,” she said.

“We’ve started raising money to buy food and things and it should be a really good, fun day for everyone.

“You never know when we might get another celebration after this – it could be Charles becoming King.”

l Wearside is expected to be alive with street parties over the jubilee weekend and the Echo wants to hear from anyone planning on marking the occasion.

If you would like us to cover your street party, phone the Echo newsdesk on 501 7326.

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