There Will Be 16,000 Street Parties Across England Celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee
Councils reported that they’ve received a startling amount of applications from people preparing to throw a street party as a tribute to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Around 16,000 street parties are expected to be held over the Jubilee weekend.
Thousands of Street Parties Have Been Registered in Several Local Governments in the U.K.
According to the Local Government Association (LGA), councils across England have already received a “huge number of applications” from residents looking forward to throwing a street party to commemorate the once-in-a-generation Jubilee.
A snap poll of a dozen councils by the LGA indicated that they had approved more than a thousand street parties. Hertfordshire city council alone reported that they have received a record 475 applications.
Over the weekend, several councils across England have dismissed administration fees for road closures, of which there were 9,500 during the Queen’s diamond jubilee in 2012, the LGA said.
Parades will also be taking place across the United Kingdom, including those organized by schools, businesses, and local communities.
“We’ve had a week of jubilee celebrations, we’ve had various activities and lessons that are centred around the history of the Queen and her life – everything from art lessons to history lessons,” said Karl Landrum, head of St Gerard’s Catholic primary and nursery school in Widnes, Cheshire.
“It’s the first time we’ve been able to celebrate as a school properly since before the pandemic and the atmosphere has been immense. To be able to do something like this without the restrictions has been great – it’s been a real community event.”
Planning a Street Party and a Parade
Knowsley in Merseyside is organizing a street parade, Kings, Queens and Mr. Lear, on June 4, as part of Knowsley’s Borough of Culture celebrations. Dancers, drummers and large-scale puppets are set to appear in the parade, with contributions from students at local schools.
Deborah Collins, 54, a Knowsley resident who has been helping to organise the parade, said: “It’s nice to be involved in the community spirit and see everyone, from the vicar to the schools and local artists, pulling together to celebrate the Queen.
“There are so many elements of the community coming together to make the parade, and because this is the first big event we’ve had since the pandemic, it makes it extra special. It’s been lovely.”
The LGA chairman, James Jamieson, said: “Councils are pulling out all the stops to help their communities celebrate a historic day for our country.
“After two tough years at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, we hope that this time will allow people to raise a toast and celebrate with their loved ones and neighbours.”
It’s also predicted that Brits will be spending millions on Platinum Jubilee merchandise and party treats.
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