Get ready for more partying to mark Queen’s 60th jubilee

29/4/2011   ''Royal Wedding street party in Highgate Road in Copnor. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (111575-2)
29/4/2011 ''Royal Wedding street party in Highgate Road in Copnor. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (111575-2)
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THOUSANDS of you partied in the street to celebrate the royal wedding earlier this year.

And now next summer there’s a chance for even more community celebrations with the Queen’s diamond jubilee – marking her 60 years on the throne.

Plans are being drawn up by local authorities on how to celebrate this landmark occasion in June, with rules for street parties expected to be relaxed as they were in April for the wedding of William and Kate.

Fareham Borough Council is looking at holding four large children’s parties at recreation grounds at Wicor in Portchester, Allotment Road in Sarisbury, Seafield Park in Hill Head and Bath Lane in Fareham.

It is hoping to have a parade from sailors at HMS Collingwood as well as a major public event in the town centre.

A new town centre play area will be commissioned to commemorate the event.

Leader of the council Sean Woodward said: ‘It’s all about getting as many people involved as possible – young and old.

‘I think nationally it will top the royal wedding.

‘We have got one of the biggest naval bases here in Fareham with HMS Collingwood and the demand for the marines band is going to be huge next year as part of all the celebrations, so we wanted to get in early to make sure our naval community is parading here in Fareham.’

The council is also preparing to let the public use open spaces for free again.

Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, leader of Portsmouth City Council said the city would be doing all it could to get as many residents out on the streets to celebrate the occasion.

‘Like we did for the royal wedding, we will be doing something to encourage people to have street parties,’ he said.

‘We had one of the highest take-ups of anywhere in the country here in Portsmouth and it seems to work well with what people wanted to do.

‘But there are lots of things happening next year – we have the Olympic torch spending a night in Portsmouth and Dickens’ bicentennial, marking 200 years since his birth, so we are looking at what exactly we will do for the Queen’s diamond jubilee.’

Gosport and Havant borough councils have yet to look into what they will do for the diamond jubilee.

The government has moved the late May bank holiday back a week to Monday, June 4 and added an extra bank holiday on the Tuesday to create a four-day break for the celebrations.