Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Diamond Jubilee: Street parties across Hampshire

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Media captionDozens of roads were closed across Portsmouth while street parties were held

More than 170 street parties were held in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight on Sunday to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee.

Portsmouth had nearly 50 road closures across the city. The Guildhall hosted one of the biggest free street parties in the country.

Villages and towns across Hampshire also held their own community events as part of the Big Lunch.

In Botley the village was packed with people having a giant street party and picnic lunch.

Villager Ann Goddard said: "It's great to see the whole village come out and celebrating together.

"It's been a tremendous day and superb atmosphere."

Mayor of Eastleigh Borough Council, Councillor Rupert Kyrle, added: "Botley has a really great tradition of throwing a good party.

"The Diamond Jubilee weekend is a great chance for the village to showcase what it has to offer."

A big screen in Portsmouth transmitted live coverage of events from London throughout the day.

'Fantastic day'

On the Isle of Wight, Osborne House in east Cowes held a Victorian-themed party including a "visit" from Queen Victoria - the only other British monarch to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee.

Hampshire quadriplegic sailor Geoff Holt took his catamaran to London to join the 1,000 vessels in the River Thames pageant.

Mr Holt became the first quadriplegic sailor to sail across the Atlantic in 2010.

He said: "It's a fantastic day, a true 'once in a lifetime' event."

Also taking part in the pageant was HSL 102, an historic World War II boat permanently moored at Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth.

It set off from the city to join the flotilla in the capital earlier this week.

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