3,500 Jubilee party applications received by councils

Listen to this article

The Diamond Jubilee weekend looks set to be the biggest national celebration for decades with 3,500 road closure applications for street parties having been received by councils so far.

According to the Local Government Association, town halls are being inundated daily with inquiries about the June weekend, which also includes the annual Big Lunch – this year called The Big Jubilee Lunch and a part of Buckingham Palace’s Diamond Jubilee programme – and are pulling out the stops to make organising events as straightforward as possible. Many are also waiving road closures fees, offering cash grants and giving out party packs.

Hertfordshire is again proving the party hotspot having already received 47 road closure applications, followed closely by Nottinghamshire with 45. Portsmouth is currently the leading city outside London, with 20, and Richmond is leading the way in London with 31.

Councils in England and Wales received about 5,500 road closure applications for last April’s Royal Wedding. Three months before the big day, however, they had received just a handful. This rose to about 2,000 with two months to go and 4,000 with a couple of weeks left.

Cllr Flick Rea, Chair of the LGA’s Culture, Tourism and Sport Board, said: “Councils told us back in January they were surprised by how many inquiries they were receiving from residents wanting to celebrate Diamond Jubilee weekend. This groundswell of enthusiasm is now turning into formal applications at a rate well beyond that of the Royal Wedding. 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.

“Bringing communities together is something councils see as one of their key roles so it’s fantastic that Diamond Jubilee weekend looks set to see people everywhere coming together to enjoy a good old knees-up. Britain’s street party tradition has been well and truly resurrected and people are already planning to dust down their fold-out tables and unpack the bunting.”