There was dancing in the streets of Eastleigh on Friday as the residents of Northlands Road, Newtown, threw a street party to celebrate the Royal Wedding.
The road, a popular route with rat runners, taxis and rally drivers was closed from 9 am.
Residents, who had run up 400 feet of union jack bunting, set tables in the middle of the road as children enjoyed the freedom of playing together safely in the street – a first time experience for many of them.
The proceedings at the abbey were eagerly followed on lap tops and neighbours joined together to raise a glass to Prince William and Kate Middleton as they became the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
As the day progressed other local residents from Newtown joined in with the only street party in central Eastleigh and one of only ten in the entire borough.
Many local people were meeting each other socially for the first time.
One reveller aged 54, who did not wish to be named said:
“It’s a shame that the council decided not mark this historic occasion with a community event or by decorating the town centre with bunting.”
Council leader Keith House had previously tweeted that the Royal Wedding day would be an ideal opportunity for delivering more Lib Dem junk mail prior to the local elections on May 5.