Rethink Jubilee council is urged

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CALLS have been made for Sheffield Council to rethink its decision not to hold a civic celebration for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Star readers and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg have urged the authority to change its mind.

Armed forces representatives, businesses and organisers of street parties have spoken of their disappointment.

Neighbouring councils are all holding events but Sheffield has decided the cost would be too great and is encouraging communities to hold their own parties.

Mr Clegg, MP for Sheffield Hallam, said: “I agree with the many community groups, armed forces representatives and businesses who have urged the Labour leader of the council to seriously think again.

“Places elsewhere in the region such as Rotherham, Doncaster and Chesterfield are all holding events to mark the celebration. Sheffield should not lose out.”

Winnie Smith, of Arbourthorne Tenants’ and Residents’ Association, said: “The council turned down our idea to close East Bank Road to hold the region’s biggest street party. I know it’s a lot to ask but it’s only for one day on a weekend.”