Sussex celebrates Queen's Diamond Jubilee

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Media captionPeople across the South East have been celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee

Thousands of people have taken part in events across Sussex to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

More than 80 street parties were held in East Sussex, at least 70 in Brighton and scores of celebrations were enjoyed in West Sussex.

Eastbourne's newest lifeboat, named Diamond Jubilee, was among the vessels taking part in London's Thames Pageant.

In West Hoathly and Sharpthorne up to 100 scarecrows lined the streets.

Residents in villages in this part of West Sussex regularly create novelty scarecrows for big national occasions.

'Jubilee parade'

Among them are effigies depicting the Queen and Irish Guards.

Scarecrow creator Sean Patrick O'Callaghan said: "There are probably about 100 scarecrows in the area, many made by children."

Actress Julie Walters has taken part in a Diamond Jubilee party in the village of Plaistow, West Sussex.

The star of Educating Rita, Mamma Mia and the Harry Potter series joked: "I am standing in for the Queen. She couldn't be bothered."

In East Grinstead hundreds of people lined High Street to watch a special Jubilee parade.

Image caption At least 200 street parties have been held in Sussex

Young and old cheered as marching bands, charity floats and old military vehicles made their way past the crowds in the town centre.

Eastbourne was set to host a musical special Diamond Jubilee firework display.

Councillor Neil Stanley, of Eastbourne Borough Council, said "This is our treat for music fans with free entry while the temporary works continue at the bandstand.

"This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a free concert on the beach and get a taste of what a great programme we have on offer when the bandstand reopens in July."

Residents in Brighton and Hove were also treated to music from the city's seafront bandstand earlier.

Trees are also being planted throughout the city in 2012 to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee year.

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