Last chance for Bexley residents to apply for jubilee street parties
PUBLISHED: 16:11 19 April 2012
Residents in this street show they are ready for a royal knees-up as the deadline to apply for a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee street party ends tomorrow.
To date there have been 59 expressions of interest, 30 applications received with 11 approved by Bexley Council so far.
Parties can be held at any time over the bank holiday weekend – from Saturday, June 2, to Tuesday, June 5 – as events are held across the country to mark the Queen’s 60 year reign.
One street which has had their application accepted is Glenhurst Avenue in Bexley Village, who are holding their party on the Sunday.
It kicks off with a children’s party from 2pm until 5pm, and there will be football games, face painting and one of the residents will be teaching the children how to dance.
Co-organiser Annie Ladbrook, 40, said: “We wanted to do something towards the jubilee which all of us can enjoy without having to worry about traffic.
“There are 134 houses in the street and lots of people have expressed an interest in getting involved and attending.”
The event has a licence until midnight and it costs £25 per household to attend the party.
A raffle will be held with a variety of prizes available and the proceeds will go to two charities – the Bexleyheath and District Club for the Disabled and the Stillbirth Neonatal Death Society.
Mrs Ladbrook, who is arranging the event with her neighbour Geraldine Brown, said: “The whole street will be bunted and with the attendance fee people will get free food, drink, participation in all the activities and a piece of jubilee memorabilia.”
She added: “It promises to be a great day!”
The council is putting on an array of events to help the borough get into the royal spirit.
On the Monday, Bexleyheath town centre will be the focal point for jubilee celebrations for people who choose not to hold their own parties.
There will be a street party in the Broadway with stalls and entertainment, as well as a civic parade through the town centre.
There will also be the unveiling of a commemorative plaque at the clock tower to celebrate its 100th birthday.
As with last year’s royal wedding, the council will not be charging for the traffic order to close roads for street parties.
For more information on applying to hold a street party visit www.bexley.gov.uk/streetparties.
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