RESIDENTS throughout Trowbridge today (Friday, June 3) celebrated the Queen's Platinum Jubilee with family and friends.

Some closed their streets for sit down tea parties, while others attended community events, or invited family and friends round to celebrate at home.

People living in the Castle Mead and Paxcroft areas joined together for a Jubilee celebration and picnics on the green next to the Mead School off Hackett Place.

Several hundred sat down to enjoy live music, games, a bouncy castle and a children's talent show judged by Matt Harris.

The performers included members of the 50-strong Phoenix Twirlstars baton twirling team who train at John of Gaunt School.

The team takes part in carnivals, competitions and displays and is flying off to an international championships in Holland in July,

Town councillor Mel Jacob, one of the organisers, said: “We had the specially formed Jubilee Choir performing along with local musician Dylan Smith and the Rock Choir. Alongside this, there were games to play and a bouncy castle.

“Later on in the summer we will be opening our Jubilee Trail and the newly-created Jubilee Meadow on Leap Gate.”

In St Mary's Close, Trowbridge, around 50 residents celebrated with a sit-down tea party with sandwiches, scones, sausages, quiches, fruit kebabs and cakes, Pimms and Prosecco.

One of the group, Teresa Lilley, said: “It was amazing. Wed had a really good day and my son Lewis was celebrating his 13th birthday and thought it was all for him!

“We applied to Wiltshire Council to get the road closed and had a tea party in the middle of the street.

“People have all pulled together to decorate their houses and they brought food to the tables in the middle of the street.

“Luckily, the weather held out and everybody had such a great time. We are really lucky to live in a close where everyone gets on together.”

“When the rain came, we all moved into people’s houses to carry on celebrating.”