It may have been a miserable couple of days, but the rain couldn’t put people in Hartlepool off their Royal celebrations.
People took to the streets to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday.
Residents of Arncliffe Gardens cordoned off their street, hung bunting, and blew up balloons for a right Royal knees up on Sunday.
The party was organised by neighbours Gemma Oliver and Laura McCaffery.
Childminder Gemma, 34, said: “We saw some pictures from the Queen’s Jubilee in 1977 when they had a party in the street and we thought it was a lovely idea to do the same thing again.
“We set up a Facebook group and added everyone on the street into it and everyone got really excited straight away and chipped in what they could.”
The street party included a bouncy castle, food, and a raffle, for a patio heater donated by Calor Gas, which raised around £65 for Dementia UK.
Gemma, who lives with husband Paul and daughter Mollie, one, got residents involved with the help of Manor School teaching assistant Laura, 34, who is mum to twins Aiden and Dillan, five.
She added: “Everyone chipped in and brought tables out in the morning, hung the bunting and balloons, and thankfully the rain stopped at about 11am.
“Everyone loved it, and even the dogs had the time of their lives. It was funny watching them all run round with each other and making new friends. They’re usually on a lead but since we had the street sealed off they could run about a bit and they loved it.
“It was so lovely spending the day with everyone. You don’t really get much opportunity to actually speak to the neighbours usually because everyone is so busy but it was great to chat to everyone. There are people in the street who I didn’t even know, who have kids the same age as other people’s and they were all playing on the bouncy castle together.
“It was lovely to have a party for the Queen. I’m patriotic to a certain extent but it was more about the community getting together.
“We’re hoping to make it an annual event if we can because we had so much fun.”
The celebrations continued today at Albany Court Sheltered Housing.
Residents of the home, off Grange Road, and their families joined together with staff to celebrate the Monarch’s milestone.
Support officer Maureen Hughes said: “We had a singer come in to do all the old songs, a buffet, and the room all decorated in Union flags.
“We were meant to be having the party outside but the weather brought us in, we still treated it like a street party though.
“Julie Foster and Evie Taylor, carers from Comfort Call, did a brilliant job decorating the room and getting everything ready, and we had food and vouchers donated to us by Morrison’s, Iceland and Sainsbury’s.
“It was fantastic to see so many people coming together to make it such a great event.”