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Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: Crowds celebrate in Brighton Brighton News

JUBILEE fever is sweeping across Sussex, with crowds gathering to celebrate the Queen’s ‘unifying’ influence with parties, corgis and live music.

In Church Road, Hove, shops and cafes were adorned with Union Jack banners in anticipation of an influx of customers on bank holidays.

The Argus: Kala the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Kala the Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Kala the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, the Queen’s favorite dog breed, caught the eye as she walked past Hove Town Hall.

His owners said Kala, a rescue dog from Mexico, sure liked to be treated like royalty.

Preparations for the four-day extravaganza have started well in advance, with businesses seeing a surge in customers in the build-up to the holiday.

The Argus: Ella Townsend, manager of Velvet in Hove Ella Townsend, manager at Velvet in Hove

Ella Townsend, Director of Velvet, designed the fashion and homewares store’s impressive Jubilee-themed storefront.

She said the red, white and blue outfits went off the rails as people searched for the perfect outfit.

Ella said: “There was a really nice atmosphere.

The Argus: Ashley Tomlinson at The Tanning Shop in Brighton Ashley Tomlinson at the tanning salon in Brighton

“I think people want something to celebrate post-lockdown.”

Ashley Tomlinson, tanning consultant at The Tanning Shop in Western Road, Brighton, said people come to the store hoping to get the perfect party glow.

She said: “It has certainly been busier the past week.

The Argus: Georgia Meredith of The Duck House in Brighton Georgia Meredith of The Duck House in Brighton

“Many customers have told me that they want to look their best for their street parties and barbecues.

“I felt a sense of excitement as the Jubilee weekend approached.”

The Duck House in Brighton sold its royal rubber duckies a few weeks ago.

The Argus: Payne Avenue in Hove.  Photo by Simon Dack Payne Avenue in Hove. Photo by Simon Dack

Georgia Meredith said the shop only had its last queen ducks left, with most people buying them as decorations or gifts.

Payne Avenue in Hove was adorned with banners, Union flags and other royal-themed items including cupcakes and cotton candy for a lively street party.

A bouncy castle also meant dozens of children enjoying the festivities.

The Argus: Sarah Harvey and Lindsey Petken and Jude Petken, fiveSarah Harvey and Lindsey Petken and Jude Petken, five

Lindsey Petken and her five-year-old son Jude had traveled from London to join their party with her friend Sarah Harvey.

They said the beautiful weather certainly made the event unforgettable.

Friends Jayne Eagle, Lisa Hall and Sarah Ashburner said they were “blown away” by the event and were “thrilled” to be part of the celebration.

The Argus: Jayne Eagle, Lisa Hall and Sarah AshburnerJayne Eagle, Lisa Hall and Sarah Ashburner

Elsewhere in the city, pubs were packed as punters made their way to their favorite pub to toast Her Majesty.

James Barton, supervisor of The Cricketers in Black Lion Street, Brighton, said the celebrations started on Wednesday evening.

He said: “We are already seeing a lot more people and I only expect it to get busier.

The Argus: James Barton, supervisor at The Cricketers in Black Lion Street, BrightonJames Barton, supervisor at The Cricketers in Black Lion Street, Brighton

“I think we will be around a third by the end of the public holidays.

“A lot of people are excited. It’s going to be fun.”

People have traveled from across the country to see how the celebrations will unfold in Brighton.

The Royal Pavilion will be lit up in purple and platinum over the weekend to celebrate 70 years of Her Majesty’s reign.

The Argus: The Royal Pavilion will light up in purple and platinum during the weekendThe royal pavilion will be lit up in purple and platinum over the weekend

Hedley Swain, Chief Executive of the Royal Pavilion Trust, said: “We are truly delighted to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee by illuminating the Royal Pavilion in royal colours.

“We are having a platinum jubilee picnic in the garden of the royal pavilion on Saturday, we are looking forward to welcoming many people who come to enjoy a beautiful day in the garden.

“We wish the Queen a wonderful Jubilee.”

The Argus: Clair Debrick and Colin Way-MarkClair Debrick and Colin Way-Mark

Royal enthusiasts Clair Debrick and Colin Way-Mark traveled from Cardiff to be in Brighton for the bank holiday.

Clair, who runs his own private crèche, threw a party for his students before half term and was eager to see the events unfold on the coast.

Her Majesty delighted the tens of thousands of cheering well-wishers packing the mall when she appeared on the balcony of Buckingham Palace yesterday, resplendent in pale blue.

She was joined by other members of the royal family, including Prince Charles and Camilla and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children George, Charlotte and Louis.

Three-year-old Prince Louis almost stole the show as he glued his fingers to his ears as the family watched the RAF’s spectacular flypast with 70 planes including the Red Arrows.

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This notice was published: 2022-06-02 16:14:46

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