MORE than 30 street parties were held last year for the Royal wedding – now Sheffield communities are invited to apply to hold similar events for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Although there are still just under three months to go, preparations are already at an advanced stage in Dore, where villagers have formed an organising committee and a whole programme of events has been proposed. A picnic on the village green will be held on the Jubilee weekend of June 2 to 5, and more Jubilee-themed events will take place to coincide with the Dore Village Festival.
Mary McKinnon, a member of the organising committee which meets at the old school on Savage Lane, said: “The whole village is involved – there are community groups, the primary school, drama groups and the Townswomen’s Guild.
“Among the events is a revue show with themed music and dance from the 1950s when the Queen was crowned. A cookbook is being prepared featuring recipes from the period. And we are holding a huge exhibition of 1950s items all donated by the community. It is being opened by the Lord Mayor.”
Dore Primary School pupils are planning to recreate an allotment of the 1950s and are collecting garden tools and watering cans from the decade to add an authentic look.
A Sheffield Council spokeswoman said no applications have yet been submitted for street parties in the city – but for last year’s Royal wedding most requests were made just a few weeks in advance. In the end, 31 parties were thrown.
But the council is encouraging communities to apply for permission as soon as possible, ahead of this year’s big weekend.
Nationally, a total of 3,500 applications for street parties to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee has been received so far by councils around the country.
The Local Government Association predicts that, combined with the number of events planned in gardens, parks, pubs, village greens and town squares, the scale of the celebrations is likely to be greater than that for last year’s Royal wedding.
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said: “The Jubilee is a great opportunity for residents from all backgrounds to come together, and reinforce our shared identity and sense of Britishness.”