Diamond Jubilee street parties set to be free for all

29/4/2011 (NEWS) ''Residents of Chesterfield Road in Copnor held a street party for the Royal Wedding.''Pictured is: Residents of Chesterfield Road.''Picture: Sarah Standing (111532-1547)
29/4/2011 (NEWS) ''Residents of Chesterfield Road in Copnor held a street party for the Royal Wedding.''Pictured is: Residents of Chesterfield Road.''Picture: Sarah Standing (111532-1547)
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THERE will be no charge for anyone who wants to host a street party to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee next year.

Portsmouth City Council has announced it will once again fund the cost of up to 50 gatherings across the city, as well as erecting two beacons at either end of Portsmouth to mark the occasion.

It has set aside £15,000 to pay for the festivities on Sunday, June 3, 2012 – more than the £10,000 allocated this year for the royal wedding.

The cash will pay for road signs and insurance which would otherwise have to be met by the organisers of street events.

In total 27 street parties were held in Portsmouth on the day of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding, and so far the council has had 19 enquires regarding Diamond Jubilee events.

Anyone who wants to hold a party next year can apply for permission unless they live on a road which is also a main bus route.

The council’s head of leisure and culture, Cllr Lee Hunt, said: ‘It is all part of the amazing year that 2012 is going to be.

‘Add this to the Olympics and the Dickens celebrations and it’s going to be fantastic. Portsmouth adores the Royal Family and I have no doubt it is going to be absolutely brilliant.’

In addition to street parties across the city, the council will also hold a public party in Guildhall Square on Sunday, June 3 to coincide with the Big Jubilee Lunch being organised by Buckingham Palace.

It is proposing to provide 60 tables and chairs for 500 people, with capacity for others to sit on the steps of the Guildhall or use their own chairs around the square.

Communities are also being encouraged to light a series of beacons across the country on Monday, June 4 – in the hope of bringing the total to 2012 – following the official lighting of the national beacon by the Queen.

Two beacons will be lit, on top of Southsea Castle and Portsdown Hill, to ensure that both north and south of the city are involved.