Diamond Jubilee celebrations set to beat Royal Wedding

Monday, 5 March 2012 1:28 PM

Britain looks set to be party central this summer, as 3,500 road closure applications for Diamond Jubilee street parties have been received by councils so far, despite the event still being three months away.

Coupled with the thousands of other events planned in gardens, parks, pubs, village greens and town squares, the scale of celebration is likely to be even greater than that of last year’s Royal Wedding.

Town halls are pulling out all of the stops to make organising events as straightforward as possible, with many waiving road closures fees, offering cash grants and giving out party packs.

Hertfordshire is currently the party hotspot - having already received 47 road closure applications. In London, Richmond is planning the most parties, with 31 reported road closures. Ourside of London Portsmouth, is the leading city eith 20 parties planned so far. 

Cllr Flick Rea, Chair of the LGA’s Culture, Tourism and Sport Board, said: “Residents are telling us they had such a great time at street parties last year that they want hold one again, and many of those who didn’t get involved in the community celebrations don’t want to miss out this time round.

As they did for the Royal Wedding, councils are trying to make organising street parties as easy as possible. Straightforward guidance is readily available from council offices and online, along with simple application forms. Many councils have waived road closure fees where possible, others are supplying party packs and many handing out grants to support organisers.” 

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