Diamond Jubilee: Gloucestershire holding 171 street parties

Rosehill Street prepares for its street party
Image caption There will be more street parties in Gloucestershire than anywhere else in the South West

More than 170 street parties are taking place in Gloucestershire over the Bank Holiday weekend to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

The county council said the most applications for road closures in the county had come from the Cotswolds.

Councillor Will Windsor Clive said the occasion was "great for building community spirit".

Almost 100 Jubilee Beacons will also be lit in Gloucestershire on Monday as part of the celebrations.

The county council said 48 street parties would take place in the Cotswolds, 36 in Stroud and 40 in Cheltenham.

Others are happening in Gloucester, Tewkesbury and the Forest of Dean.

The council said it had received more applications for street parties than anywhere else in the South West of England.

Yacht flotilla

Three vessels from Gloucestershire are taking part in the Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames in London.

Steam yacht Sabrina is the county's representative in the flotilla.

An eight-man crew from Gloucester Rowing Club is rowing the Old Balliol which is a replica of the craft used in the first ever boat race in 1829 and is normally housed at the River and Rowing Museum at Henley-on-Thames.

The Dave Moore is a Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA) lifeboat crewed jointly with Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service.

World record attempt

Ninety-eight Diamond Jubilee beacons will be lit in the county on Monday at 22:00 BST.

Locations include Pope's Hill in the Forest of Dean, Robinswood Hill in Gloucester, Selsley Common near Stroud and in the grounds of Stanway House in the Cotswolds.

A world record attempt for the longest bunting line has also been made by residents in the village of Randwick near Stroud.

They claim their measurement of 4,864m (15,960 ft) has beaten the previous record of 3,428m (11,250 ft).

A spokesman for Guinness World Records said it could take up to six weeks before its Record Management Team could ratify the claim.

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