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Ealing residents celebrate day 3 of the Coronation of King Charles III with street parties on 8 May 2023

While it wasn’t as sunny in Ealing as day 2 (7 May 2023), or as rainy as Coronation day (6 May 2023), residents across the borough’s seven towns of Acton, Ealing, Greenford, Hanwell, Northolt, Perivale and Southall came together for one last day to hold street parties today (8 May 2023) to celebrate the Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla. 

EALING.NEWS visited a number of street parties across the borough in Acton, Hanwell and West Ealing and found that the party mood was in still in full effect with plenty of food, drinks and music to enjoy on Monday.

Second Avenue, W3

This was organised by Arabella who said the day was a success: “We’ve had a lovely number of people and it’s been really enjoyable.” Arabella explained why they organised a street party. “We had so much fun at the party last year for The Queen, that we wanted to do something similar. We chose Monday because we thought that if people were going away for the weekend, they might come back from Monday. And so we thought that it would be easier than splitting the weekend up for some people.”

Dudley Gardens, W13

The street party was organised by Florence and is the first one in 23 years since the street had one for the Millennium in 2000. Florence explained: “I moved to Dudley Gardens with my family a year ago and I thought the Coronation would be a great way for everyone to come out and get to know each other. This is a long street and we don’t always have the opportunity and its been  a great way for everyone to meet each other.”

Mel was the organiser of the last street party in 2000. He said: “This is a great street to live in. I’ve lived here for 38 years and it’s just a nice place. Meeting people today has been lovely.”

Elthorne Park Road, W7

At first, Elthorne Park Road was denied a party by the Council due to concerns over access to the main road but after a story appeared in EALING.NEWS about it and with the support of local Councillor Paul Driscoll, the residents got permission to hold their party.

One of the organisers, Alex explained about their special day which also saw the King’s representative Deputy Lieutenant Richard Kornicki read out a letter of thanks from King Charles III and Queen Camilla.

“We’ve had a really good turn out and it’s been a really good opportunity for people to get together. It was so nice to see so many people come to our party. This is the first time we had a party as we didn’t have one ever before. And we fought very hard for this party because the council originally rejected the application. And thanks to EALING.NEWS and our local councillors we manged to do it and it’s been a success.”

Alex added: “We didn’t expect to see the King’s representative and it was so lovely to have him visit our street party.

Midhurst Road, W13

Party organiser for Midhurst Road was Sally. “I’ve lived here since 1985. Last year we had a really successful party for The Queen so we thought we would do it again. The Council were allowing us to close the street for free and gave us a contribution which helped pay for the speakers for the music. ”

So would Sally like to do another party? “Possibly, if the Council closed the road for free again. This has been a great way for neighbours to meet each other.”

To help residents organise a street party for King Charles III Coronation, Ealing Council like many other councils removed the fee to close roads. It has also offered up to £150 per street for organising a party. While, not all local councils are offering any contribution towards putting on a street party, neighbouring borough Hounslow offered up to £500 per street for a party in its borough.

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