Mar 29 2012 By Christopher Bahadrian
THE Queen's Diamond Jubilee is a once in a lifetime event, and Hillingdon Council hopes people will organise street parties to bring the community together, after last year’s successful Royal wedding festivities.
Celebrations are from June 2-5. The extended bank holiday weekend will mark The Queen's 60th year on the throne, only the second British monarch to celebrate the milestone, along with Queen Victoria in 1897.
Hillingdon Council spokeswoman, Meera Khanna, said: “Last year we had 40 street parties in Hillingdon. This year we have had more than 30 applications for street parties”.
This figure is likely to increase, although applications to host a party must be received before the deadline of April 16.
Last summer’s royal wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton fuelled excitement for this year’s celebrations.
Stefano Perugini, who lives in Bedford Road, Ruislip, said: “Last year we had a party on our street to celebrate the royal wedding. "It was a great day because not only did we get to celebrate with music and food but it allowed us to get to know some of the neighbours”.
MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, John Randall, said: “I think that taking part in street parties is an extremely good way to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee”.
Ms Khanna said: “This year, for the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, residents can apply for public liability insurance, public notices, traffic management services, temporary event notices and road closures, at no charge”.
However, some road closures may not be approved if you live in a busy street or if your road is part of a bus route.
The council said it may grant people the use of parks or open spaces during the bank holiday weekend.
Anyone who does not want to close their street can host a 'Street Meet' in their driveway or front garden.
A Street Meet does not require council permission as it is on private land but must not prevent pedestrians walking along the pavement or obstruct vehicles using the road.
Other key events marking the occasion will include The Big Jubilee Lunch, The Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, a concert at Buckingham Palace and a service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral.
For more information go to www.hillingdon.gov.uk/jubilee.