By Connor Steel
RESIDENTS have been invited to attend a community street party event in Gosport High Street to mark the upcoming Coronation of King Charles III on May 6; with organisers C2U (Community 2 Unite) confirming an exciting itinerary including a live broadcast of this historic Royal service from Westminster Abbey in London.
A small organising team have been working behind the scenes since mid-January but recently got the green light to publish full details of this occasion with permission to use a 100 metre space on the High Street. This will be located outside the C2U base, which is located opposite the Travelodge Hotel and close to Town Hall.
Forty metres of tables and chairs have already been secured with residents urged to join this event, which is due to start at 10am. Visitors are invited to further bring their own tables and chairs to expand the Coronation day with decorations expected to complete a party atmosphere; with a red, white and blue theme throughout.
Free entertainment will be provided with support from Johnny Reilly and the Reilly Enterprise, who will kindly providing a stage for performers to showcase their talents. This features music sets and display of character mascots; which have been seen at previous Gosport events over recent years such as the Christmas Lights.
There will furthermore be a designated craft area where visitors can create and then decorate crowns, whilst the new conflict museum will be onsite alongside the Gosportarians team. They will also be supported by the Level Up volunteering group who will be visible through the event and helping out with the range of activities.
Gosport Mayor Jamie Hutchinson will then officially open the street party at approximately 10:50am, with the ceremony itself being played over speakers to the audience. It is unknown how long this service will last with Her Majesty’s taking three hours back in 1953, although it is widely expected to be a ‘slimmed down’ version.
A buffet will be available between 11am and 2pm whilst a picnic raffle will be available for the day; C2U also saying that tickets are available to purchase from yesterday (Friday, April 21). Visitors should however bring their own food and cutlery supplies; particularly if they have special dietary requirements including allergies.
Once the formal Coronation ceremony has concluded focus will turn back to earlier entertainment, which will continue with Glen Ford (Norman Wisdom) due to close the event at approximately 4:30pm. In the meantime a raffle will also be drawn with big prizes said to be available; the tickets again for sale at the time of writing.
Further information about the event will likely be released over upcoming days with readers asked to contact C2U through their website and via social media group platforms if they have any urgent questions or issues.
PICTURED BY HM GOVERNMENT: Official Coronation of King Charles III logo sits upon blank background.