COLOURFUL celebrations and streets parties filled south Essex to help launch the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend.

The bunting and flags were flying high and live music and entertainment delighted families who partied in the warm summer sunshine.

Community street parties were held across a number of roads yesterday including Rochford Avenue in Westcliff, with plenty of joyful and patriotic fun.

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Music and fun games were on offer, including a handmade jubilee-themed piñata .

Mike Jones and Jane Robson were among the organisers and said everyone had a joyous day.

Mrs Robson, 50, said: “We had so much going on and it was a lot of work to get it all organised and put it on.

“It was months of planning and getting everyone on board. It was fantastic and we had so lots of lovely decorations.

“The community all really got involved and everyone really enjoyed themselves.

“It’s such a special occasion and we all love the Queen.

“We want to wish her an amazing jubilee weekend.”

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Sarah Blades, 40, from the street, said: “It was a great time and the road looked so lovely with so many flags and lots of bunting.

“We were lucky with the weather which really held out for us which was a surprise as the forecast wasn’t too great.”

Fellow Rochford Avenue resident, Leeroy Fog, 46, said talented musicians from the street kept the party in full swing.

He added: “We all had such a great time and there was just a great atmosphere in the road all throughout the day and the evening.

“We did have a street party before and it was a bit impromptu after one of the lockdowns.

“This time there’s been a lot of planning and there’s been so much support for it too.

“We’re very lucky to have a lot of great talented musicians who all did their bit and an amazing job as keeping us all entertained.”