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Communities fight rain to share Diamond Jubilee lunch

Residents got in the Diamond Jubilee spirit on this street in Ely Photo: Rob Osborne / ITV News Wales

People around Wales having been sharing lunch with neighbours and friends in community street parties. 'The Big Lunch' is organised by the Eden Project, and saw two million people take part 12 months ago. This year, with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee to celebrate, even more are anticipated to turn out across the UK.

In Cardiff, Emma Parsons Reid organised a celebratory lunch, which she hoped would be as successful as those held for the Silver Jubilee in 1977 and last year's Royal Wedding. Her grandmother organised a party on her street, Lon Werdd in Ely, to celebrate Elizabeth II's 25 years on the throne when Emma was just ten. Emma held a party to celebrate the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on the very same street last year, and has done so again today.

Emma's (in blue, blowing a whistle) in this photograph from the 1977 party Credit: Viewer picture / Philip Hobbs

This afternoon's party will involve a mini sports day for adults and children, a disco and a barbecue. Emma hopes that it will create similar memories for her grandchildren - who are five, two, and just a few months old - as the 1977 party did for her.

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