INTRODUCTION: Britain is in the grip of jubilee fever. Local residents and the millions of?
INTRODUCTION: Britain is in the grip of jubilee fever. Local residents and the millions of tourists that have flocked to the country to help celebrate Queen Elizabeth's 25 year as monarch, are celebrating in style.
SYNOPSIS: Red, white and blue bunting Union Jacks and portraits of the Queen have turned the streets of London and other cities and towns throughout the country into a blaze of colour. Britons themselves are forgetting their economic troubles are immersing themselves in a week of festivities including village fetes, medieval joustings, ox-roasting, and the traditional street party. Residents of this street in Fulham, a London suburb got into the full jubilee spirit at the start of their street party on Monday (6 June) with a traditional song.
The main celebrations were to be held the following day, but people wanted to be able to attend the highlight of the jubilee festivities - the Queen's procession through the streets of London on Jubilee Day itself on Tuesday (7 June).
The silver jubilee probably will be a once-in-a life-time experience for these children. But many of the grown-ups remembered the celebrations of coronation year, 1953, and even the silver jubilee year of Queen Elizabeth's grand-father, King George the Fifth, in 1933. Street parties like this were held all over Britain, but some of the events were even more spectacular. By the time children were in bed, the Queen lit a huge bonfire at Windsor, west of London, giving the signal for more than 100 other great fires to be lit around the country.
Unfortunately rain is a perennial hazard for outdoor activities in Britain, and even an important occasion like the Silver Jubilee wasn't spared. A steady shower soon had the party-goers seeking the shelter of their homes.