Street parties have been organised by residents of British streets (on a mass basis) since 1919, when they were part of peace celebrations, and as a special treat for children who were suffering after the war.
Residents have since organised them on all major national days of celebration, which have included the Queen's 1977 Silver Jubilee, and the marriage of Prince Charles and Diana Spencer in 1981. See also the Festival of Britiain, Glasfryn, 1951.
Prince Charles’s investiture as Prince of Wales in 1969 was hugely controversial. The ceremony took place in Caernarfon Castle and was broadcast to a nation divided in opinion as to whether it affirmed Wales’s place in the United Kingdom, or reminded us of English dominance. Nonetheless, street parties were held across the country in celebration of the event.
Steve Thomas sent in this picture of a celebration in Dafen park. In the background, Dafen brickworks' stack and the overhead cable which carried clay down from Capel Quarry.
The Festival of Britain was a national exhibition held throughout the UK in the summer of 1951. It was organised by the government to give Britons a feeling of recovery in the aftermath of war and to promote the British contribution to science, technology, industrial design, architecture and the arts. The Festival's centrepiece was in London, but Festival celebrations took place around the country, including Cardiff, with further smaller scale local events such as this street party in Glasfryn.
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