Call to get Jubilee parties started

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THERE’S no excuse to be a party-pooper for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebration this summer.

South Holland District Council has launched a special “toolkit” to give planners all the help they need to get their party started.

Street parties and fetes are expected to be held up and down the country from Saturday, June 2 until Tuesday, June 5 to toast the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne.

Council chairman Mick Seymour said: “This is going to be a great celebration for the country and this toolkit is a great way of helping the people of South Holland get organised.

“We have seen nothing like this since the days of Queen Victoria. So let’s have a party and get the feelgood factor going.”

The toolkit includes information on planning, suggested activities, road closures, safety information, consultation, street signs and barriers and a section of frequently asked questions.

Organising small, private street parties and fetes is straightforward and does not normally require a licence. However, if you are thinking about a larger event, planning to have a pay-bar, charging admission, selling food, providing entertainment or want to close your street for an afternoon, there are licenses and legalities involved which you can get help with.

Grants are also available for street parties and community events from a number of organisations including South Holland District Council’s Designated Members’ Budget scheme.

The Street Party Toolkit is available to download on the district council’s website at www.sholland.gov.uk/leisure/TheQueensDiamondJubilee2012.htm

Further information is available from the Community Development team on 01775 761161 or community@sholland.gov.uk.

l Are you planning a Diamond Jubilee event? If so, we want to hear from you. Contact reporter Sharon Pell on 01775 765412 or email sharon.pell@jpress.co.uk.