Portsmouth takes the lead with party spirit

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PEOPLE in Portsmouth have submitted more requests for a Diamond Jubilee street party than any other city outside London.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has been counting the number of street party applications around the country.

Its figures show that with 20 applications already submitted, Portsmouth is the leading city outside London so far.

A total of 3,500 applications have been handed in across the country.

Flick Rea, of the LGA’s culture, tourism and sport board, said: ‘Councils told 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.’

Portsmouth residents have just days left to send in their applications to hold a street party for the jubilee.

Homeowners have until this Friday to send off the forms, which can be filled out on the visitportsmouth.co.uk website.

The deadline gives organisers time to approve each road closure.

A giant street party is being held in the Guildhall Square over the landmark occasion between June 2 and 5.

The square will be decorated in bunting and tables and chairs will be provided.

Everyone is urged to turn up in royal fancy dress.

There will also be a royal quiz.

Heather Todd, assistant events manager for the city council, said: ‘To make the process easier for residents we’re paying for the public liability insurance and road closure notices.’