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VOLUNTEERS are being sought to light six beacons in South Holland for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in June.

The beacons will be part of a 2012-strong chain across the UK and the Queen will light the national beacon on Monday, June 4.

The council is producing a web-based ‘street party toolkit’ so organisers have the right licences in good time if they want to close a street to throw a party, have a pay bar or put on entertainment.

Celebrations are expected to run from June 2-5 and council deputy leader Nick Worth is urging communities to be patriotic and join the celebrations.

Coun Worth said: “The last time an occasion of this magnitude happened was in the days of Queen Victoria.

“It will not happen again in our lifetime and is an event that you can all join in that will make you proud to be British.

“It is a wonderful opportunity to fly the flag, to generate real community spirit in our local villages and towns by putting on street parties, fetes and unique events that only the British could do.”

Small, private street parties will not normally require licences.

But there are legalities for bigger events and organisers can find out what to do by looking at the street party toolkit available at the end of this month at http://www.sholland.gov.uk/leisure/TheQueensDiamondJubilee2012.htm

lFor information on grants for jubilee events contact the council community development team on 01775 761161.