Diamond Jubilee: Sheffield is streets ahead for partying

Getting ready to party: Mary McKinnon and Dawn Coggins, of Dore, with union flags and old teddy bears.       PICTURE: SARAH WASHBOURN.
Getting ready to party: Mary McKinnon and Dawn Coggins, of Dore, with union flags and old teddy bears. PICTURE: SARAH WASHBOURN.
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CELEBRATIONS are almost two months away – but applications for street parties in Sheffield to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee have already almost equalled the total held for last year’s Royal wedding.

Last month, Sheffield Council had received no applications whatsoever for Diamond Jubilee parties – but within the last four and a half weeks, 27 applications have been made and there is still time for many more.

There were 31 street parties organised in the city to mark the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton last April.

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One of the biggest Diamond Jubilee parties planned so far is in Dore, where a whole series of events is planned.

Dawn Coggins, a member of Dore Village Society and one of the organisers, said: “The number of applications doesn’t surprise me. People definitely have a high level of affection for the Queen.

“Also, we are still a country that likes to celebrate and throw a party.”

Dawn, who has fond memories of ‘being sat in front of a tiny television’ watching the Queen’s coronation while she was a little girl, said celebrations in Dore include a picnic on the village green on the Jubilee weekend, plus further events to coincide with the village festival.

There will be a 1950s-themed show of music and dance, a cookbook is being compiled with recipes from the period and there will be an exhibition of 1950s-related items.

Sheffield Council is urging groups to make applications for street parties to mark the occasion as soon as possible.

A spokesman said no licences are necessary if music is ‘incidental’ and no selling is involved but to close a road for a party, an application must be made at least two weeks in advance.

Organisers of larger events where there are live performances, film screenings or dancing, music is played or performed, alcohol is sold, a raffle held or food and drink sold after 11pm must apply for a temporary event notice, for which there is a small charge.

Larger events also require public liability insurance although this is not required for small, residents’ only street parties.

* To request a street closure for a Diamond Jubilee party, email highways@sheffield.gov.uk or call 0114 273 6677.

Sheffield Council said nine of the applications have been approved so far: Linscot Road, Woodseats; Dobcroft Road, Millhouses; Heather Lea Avenue, Dore; Sterndale Road, Millhouses; Whirlow Lane, Whirlow; Marsh House Road, Ecclesall; York Road, Stocksbridge; Bannercross Road, Banner Cross; and Brier Close, Waterthorpe.

Among the jubilee applications awaiting approval are: Baxter Mews, Birley Carr; Cotswold Road, Wisewood; Brocklehurst Avenue, Norton; Patmore Road, Firth Park; Carsick View Road, Sandygate; West Quadrant, Firth Park; Westbrook Bank, Sharrow Vale; Stothard Road, Crookes; Canterbury Avenue, Fulwood; Strathtay Road, Greystones; Norton Park View, Norton; and Lindholme Gardens, Owlthorpe.