Diamond Jubilee: Dorset celebrations continue

Swanage seafront party A party was held on Swanage seafront to mark the Diamond Jubilee

People in Dorset continued to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee with events across the county on Monday.

Swanage hosted entertainments including a jubilee tea for 600 people on the town's high street.

The event was in the same location as the celebrations for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897.

The town also had a Jubilee beacon, part of the national chain of beacons, which was lit among more than 4,000 in the UK.

On Bournemouth seafront, a free two-day celebration of live music and dance took place.

There were a host of street parties place around the county, including in Mount Grace Drive and Tremlow Avenue in Poole.

In the village of Okeford Fitzpaine, a peal of church bells heralded the start of a street party for 300 people.

Organiser Jane Tapping said: "We've had quite an influx of new people into the village so this is a great way of bringing people together - it's wonderful."

The town's lifeboat led a flotilla from the harbour along the seafront

On Sunday, almost 70 street parties took place while a parade of boats along Weymouth seafront marked The Queen's 60 years on the throne.

Crowds lined the seafront to watch a demonstration from the local RNLI and coastguard search and rescue helicopters off the pier head.

The town's lifeboat then led a flotilla from the harbour along the seafront.

The Mayor of Weymouth and Portland Margaret Leicester and commodore of The Royal Dorset Yacht Club Graham Castell took the salute outside Custom House Quay.

In Dorchester, the town is flying about 170 Union flags from newly installed flagpoles outside homes and businesses.

The flags, along High West Street and High East Street, will remain in place throughout the summer as nearby Weymouth prepares to host the sailing and windsurfing at the London 2012 Olympics.

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