GALLERY: Chichester Gala diamond jubilee celebrations

PEOPLE of all ages turned out to watch the Chichester Gala in honour of the Queen’s diamond jubilee.

The event was a resounding success with crowds full of praise for the effort made on the floats, while glorious sunshine was the icing on the cake.

The excitement and build-up started at 10am when floats and groups gathered on New Park Recreation Ground before being led out by a fire engine and the impressive Band of the Prince of Wales Division in their stately red uniforms.

Between 750 and 1,000 people took part in the procession which made its way up New Park Road and along Oaklands Way, North Street and East Street, before arriving back in New Park Road.

Watching in North Street were Andrew and Gina Grant.

“It was absolutely marvellous, it really was,” said Mrs Grant, who remembers wearing a home-made crown during the actual Coronation when she was aged five.

Claire Redman, from the Witterings, was there with her family.

“It was fantastic, I liked the boat, that was really good and liked Prince Harry – he asked for my number, he said ‘call me!’”

To read more crowd reaction and see our double-page picture special pick up your copy of this week’s Chichester Observer (Thursday, June 7, edition).