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Residents invited to seafront Coronation party

By Connor Steel

LOCAL RESIDENTS have been invited to attend a special street party in Lee-on-the-Solent to celebrate the Coronation of King Charles III next month with the organisers confirming further details this week; hoping to recapture the celebratory scenes from similar Queen’s Platinum Jubilee events held back in early June 2022.

Entitled “Lee Coronation Celebration” the occasion has been organised by Monserrat Events and is set to be taking place on Sunday, May 7; one day after King Charles III is officially crowned at Westminster Abbey with Camilla as Queen Consort. This follows the sad death of Queen Elizabeth II after seventy years as Monarch.

It will follow a similar schedule to the successful “Lee Beacon 22” event held to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee; starting from 12pm at Marine Parade; residents all invited to bring their own tables, chairs, and food to help form a huge street party environment with thousands of people likely to attend through the whole day.

Entertainment will be provided by local performers including Hannah Reem and Soul Queen until the event’s close at 11pm; whilst a variety of market stalls and hospitality vendors are lined up for all visitors to explore. Bars are also set to be open around Lee-on-the-Solent are further likely to open until late over this weekend.

Organisers have further lined up an amazing treat for visitors as a red, blue and white winged plane is due to be flying above the event; the pilot set to perform acrobatic displays at 3pm and 6:45pm above the skies. But this will only go ahead if weather conditions are safe enough to fly and is subject to be cancelled at any time.

This will set the tone for a ‘patriotic’ element to begin at 8pm with the lowering of a Union Flag and lighting of the iconic ME Beacon. Performances from the HMS Collingwood Band, Royal Marines Cadets, and Jennifer Parker-Lummis will then commence; which will conclude with the UK national anthem of God Save The King.

It has been confirmed this occasion will be free for everyone although donations are always appreciated; the event organisers also warning of road closures in the area. This includes a closure of Marine Parade running between Milvil Road to Cambridge Road and Pier Street; although local parking will be made available to all.

Monserrat Events are further running a series of smaller local events to mark this first such Royal celebration since 1953; including a race night, black tie dinner, and concert to be held over the next three weeks. Details on purchasing tickets and each event can be found on the website link or through the official Facebook page.

PICTURED BY MONSERRAT EVENTS: Organisers are highly hopeful of recreating the packed scenes from Platinum Jubilee celebrations as they unveil further details about free event in Lee-on-the-Solent next month.