SLIDESHOW: Morecambe claims longest street party

THOUSANDS braved the bad weather to line Morecambe seafront across 550 tables and celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s 60 years on the throne.

And although the aimed-for world record for the longest street party in history was out of reach, organisers Morecambe Town Council were still claiming the longest of the diamond jubilee weekend.

Some of the national papers said the Berkshire villages of Goring and Streatley had made this claim, but their party was only 480 tables long.

The promenade party on Sunday stretched from Highfield Crescent past the Midland and the Eric statue, finishing at the inshore lifeboat station by Clark Street.

“We’re really pleased and grateful that so many people turned out in such bad conditions and showed the British spirit,” said Coun Tricia Heath.

“The rain didn’t seem to stop people from singing and enjoying themselves.”

Tables were set up as early as 7.30am and the party went on until around 1.30pm.

The rain meant much of the planned programme of live outdoor entertainment had to be abandoned, some pre-booked tables were empty and many party-goers had to duck indoors during the height of the downpour.

But live music still went ahead inside the Winter Gardens theatre and at the Platform’s country music event.

See the slideshow above for pictures from the party and all of your events around the district.