Midhurst put on a brave face and a raincoat and set out to support the town’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in their hundreds despite the threat of rain.
Some 700 people arrived at Church Hill to take their seats for the street party. They had brought smoked salmon, champagne, strawberries and cream.
They started their picnics to the music of the Featherstone Fliers jazz band, and an hour into the festivities the heavens opened.
But showing true British grit they stayed on, holding umbrellas resolutely in one hand and eating with the other.
But the celebrations were cut short as even the hardiest revellers headed for shelter an hour before the celebrations were due to end.
John Etherington, chairman of Midhurst Town Council which organised the street party declared the event “a resounding success in the circumstances.”