Bulldog spirit kicks in as Sheffield Jubilee revellers party on in wet weather

Children and staff at Mundella Primary School celebrate the  Diamond Jubilee with a street party on Thursday
Children and staff at Mundella Primary School celebrate the Diamond Jubilee with a street party on Thursday
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BRITISH bulldog spirit is ensuring Jubilee street parties go ahead today despite more rain forecast for South Yorkshire.

Red, white and blue umbrellas and gazebos are ready for action to ensure events are not disrupted by the showery weather.

Heavy downpours on Sunday led to some street parties being cancelled.

But Rebecca Brown, one of the organisers of a giant street party set to take place on Bramwith Road, Nether Green, said: “It wouldn’t be a Bank Holiday without rain so we won’t let it spoil the occasion!

“We are expecting around 120 people, including the Mayor and Mayoress.

Sarah Coghlan, who is attending the Bramwith Road party with husband Jason and four-and-a-half-year-old twin girls Amber and Ruby, added: “You expect rain on a Bank Holiday - so we’ll still be going.”

At Newgate Close sheltered housing in High Green, pensioners are also partying today - having moved their main events indoors.

Joan Ashton, one of the organisers, said: “We were going to have tables and chairs outside if the weather was nice but I think it will all be indoors.

“We’ve spent days decorating the centre, and bunting outside has stayed put despite the bad weather on Sunday. We have managed to get hold of a red, white and blue umbrella to keep residents dry if it rains.”

Another 13 street parties are being staged in Sheffield today, and three each in Rotherham and Barnsley.

Parties yesterday, including an event on Glencoe Road at Lowfield, had cloud, sunny intervals, and a few spots of rain. Organiser Elizabeth Cooper said: “I think we’ve had the most multi-cultural jubilee event in Sheffield! There have been residents on the street from as far as Afghanistan, Algeria and Pakistan.”

Street parties in South Yorkshire which were abandoned due to Sunday’s rain included events on Wilkinson Street, Broomhall, Springvale Road, Crookesmoor, and two in Rotherham.

Others went ahead indoors, including one by up to 200 people in School Road, Greenhill.

The Met Office said Sheffield is to be cloudy today with rain spreading across the region by mid afternoon. Temperatures will be around 11C. Tomorrow there will be sunshine and showers, with temperatures up to 16C.