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PORTSMOUTH people have been given more time to turn the city into the street party capital of Britain.

The city council has now given residents until the end of the month to sign up for street parties to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

So far, the authority has approved 47 bids for al fresco Jubilee events, but has been knocked off the top spot by Coventry which has given the go-ahead for 58.

Heather Todd, assistant events manager said: ‘We know people are keen to celebrate the Jubilee, so although the application deadline for street parties supported by the council has passed, residents can still apply to hold a party by completing an event application form.’

The new deadline is April 30.

The cost of hosting a party is approximately £60 for road closure and about £100 for insurance, but this depends on which insurance company people use. Spilt between neighbours, however, it could be as little as just a few pounds each.

Go to to fill in the application form.