SUMMER street parties could be on the agenda across the region next year, to celebrate the Queen’s diamond jubilee.
The government has announced an extra bank holiday in June, to mark 60 years since Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, and councils across our area have said they will help organise celebrations.
Hampshire County Council is already working on plans to make the most of the occasion, though it hasn’t set definite proposals yet.
Its leader, Councillor Ken Thornber, said: ‘Hampshire County Council will work with the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, Dame Mary Fagan DCVO, to provide a wide range of opportunities for people to celebrate the Queen’s diamond jubilee. In particular we will work with schools, museums and libraries to enable people to share in the celebrations of the Queen’s 60-year reign.’
The celebrations will take place on the first weekend of June, with the traditional end of May bank holiday moved to Monday, June 4, and a new holiday introduced the following day.
And our local authorities have pledged to help make the four days memorable for residents.
Last month, more than 100 street parties were thrown in this area, to help the Royal wedding go with a bang.
Bunting and buffets festooned the streets, as party-goers toasted Prince William and Duchess Catherine.
And Portsmouth City Council has confirmed it will help organise similar events for next year’s celebrations.
Heather Todd, the council’s assistant events manager, said: ‘We don’t have events planned as yet for the jubilee, but we’re taking enquiries from people interested in holding street parties and we’ll send out more information at a later date.’
Havant Borough Council’s events team also confirmed it would offer free advice to people who wanted to set up parties, and added that although there were no plans yet for an official borough party, ‘this could change’.
In Gosport, the council confirmed plans to include civic and community events in honour of the diamond jubilee as part of its Celebrate! Gosport scheme.
A spokeswoman said: ‘We have an established process for promoting and dealing with requests for street parties and expect these to feature as part of the celebrations.’
And in Fareham, the borough council will have similar arrangements in place as it used to help set up street parties this year. Details will be available on its website later this year.