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Jubilee: Back-up plans for West Midlands street parties

St Philip's Community Centre
Image caption About 50 people attended an event in Smethwick

Contingency plans were put in place as people in the West Midlands celebrated the Diamond Jubilee.

The Big Picnic Lunch planned for the churchyard at Birmingham Cathedral was moved indoors, but 150 people still turned up for the morning service, followed by the picnic.

Celebrations held in community centres and village halls also took place.

An event inside St Philip's Community Centre, Smethwick, attracted about 50 people.

The party-goers, from many different nationalities, enjoyed face painting, music and international food at the event.

The weather meant a large-scale Big Lunch planned in Bradmore, Wolverhampton, had to be scaled down - but 150 people still managed to turn up to enjoy the day.

'Water-proof on top'

Organiser Julie Oakley said some activities had had to be cancelled but plenty of events still went ahead.

"Most people still attempted to dress in red, white and blue," she said.

"They did have to put a water-proof on top though."

Image caption An Edgbaston street party for up to 300 people got moved into Steve and Chris Smith's house

A fun day at Brunswick Park, in Wednesbury, was postponed until a later date.

In Edgbaston, Birmingham, Steve and Chris Smith moved their street party indoors, and hosted nearly 300 guests.

Mrs Smith said she and a committee had started planning the street party almost eight months ago.

"Yesterday, we decided the weather was going to be awful and we needed to move in from the street to the house - and here we are," she said.

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