THOUSANDS of you got into the party mood and held a knees-up for the Royal wedding last year.
And now it’s time to dust off the bunting and patriotic flags and take to the streets again to party for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Portsmouth City Council has already received 30 applications from residents who hope to hold street parties over the Jubilee weekend, along with many others expressing an interest.
This figure makes Portsmouth the leading city for the number of parties outside London, as previously report ed in The News.
The council has set aside £15,000 to pay for insurance and road signs for up to 50 streets to host a party.
Although the official deadline for applications is today, council officers have said that if they fail to approve 50 applications then it will be extended.
Cllr Lee Hunt, the city’s cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport, said: ‘It’s fantastic that Portsmouth is leading the way with this. It shows how happy people are here. There’s a real buzz about the city just now and the number of Jubilee parties being planned reflects this and shows that people want to celebrate.’
Meanwhile, Fareham Borough Council has received 13 applications for street parties over the celebration weekend, which runs from June 2 to 5. The borough council has waived its road closure fees. The deadline to apply for a street party in Fareham is April 15.
Gosport Borough Council has also waived fees for road closures for council-approved street parties, and has already received two applications, with a further 10 expressions of interest.
Applications for a street party in Gosport have to be received by the council by April 20.
Havant Borough Council has received nine applications.
It waived fees for road closures for approved street parties, and put together an advice pack on how to get the right insurance.
Residents in Havant have until May 11 to apply for a road closure for a Jubilee street party.
HOW TO SIGN UP
ANYONE who wants to host a street party for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee needs to apply for clearance from their councils.
People in Portsmouth can apply today, at visitportsmouth.co.uk.
Gosport applications can be found at gosport.gov.uk and people living in Fareham can apply via fareham.co.uk.
Residents in Havant who want to host a street party can also apply online at havant.gov.uk.
And if you’re having a party, let us know. Call our reporter Sheanne Mulholland on 023 9262 2170.