Her Majesty the Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee to mark her historic 70 year reign.
There will be an extended bank holiday weekend from Thursday, June 2 to Sunday, June 5 and the government has written to local councils encouraging them to organise events and to help residents arrange their own celebrations.
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Secretary of State for Communities Michael Gove MP said: “We want celebrations to be even bigger and better than previous national celebrations and for as many people as possible across the nation to participate.
“Street parties should be encouraged and councils can play an important role in supporting residents who want to organise parties. Relaxing road closure rules to enable street parties to take place as easily as possible will be important.”
Liberal Democrat Leader Shaffaq Mohammed, who was awarded the MBE by the Queen, said it will be wonderful to see the occasion celebrated.
“So many Sheffield residents fondly recall Her Majesty’s Silver Jubilee celebrations, people still share pictures of the many street parties that were organised.
“This is something that I would like to see again as we all come together to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee.
“Last November I pressed the Leader of Sheffield Council Terry Fox on what plans Sheffield has to celebrate. I hope groups from across the city will rekindle the spirit of 1977.”
How to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee?
The Big Jubilee Lunch – June 2 to 5
This encourages communities to come together and get to know each other better. Details here.
In keeping with the long tradition of celebrating Royal Jubilees, weddings and coronations, councils are encouraged to light beacons across the UK in the evening of June 2.
Events in civic buildings
Libraries, museums, leisure centres and heritage sites will host events such as exhibitions, concerts or special talks.
The Platinum Jubilee Emblem
The official emblem is available for use for all activities associated with the celebrations, including community events. It is free to download.
The Queen’s Green Canopy
Everyone from individuals to community groups, villages, cities, counties and schools are encouraged to plant a tree for the Jubilee.
National Lottery Funding
More than £22 million of National Lottery funding is available to help communities celebrate. Voluntary organisations, registered charities, clubs and parish councils can all apply.
Council led events
Councils are encouraged to organise large scale events and celebrations of their own choosing, which could include a Lord Mayor’s Jubilee Party.
Big screen broadcasts
The government says local large screens in public places could show TV coverage of the Jubilee.
Further guidance on how to host a local pageant will be available soon.
The Platinum Jubilee website has an interactive map for organisations to contribute to so people can search for information on activities taking place nearby.