If you’re planning a right Royal knees-up with your neighbours, Monday 7 May is the deadline to apply to Swindon Council for a street closure order.
So far 21 applications have been approved for street closures – for which there is no charge – across the Borough over the extended bank holiday weekend between Saturday 2 June and Tuesday 5 June.
Traditional children’s games, a bunting competition and a special Jubilee cake are among the highlights of the festivities planned in Colbert Park, Abbey Meads.
Carrie Hobkirk, aged 34, one of the event organisers, said: “We had a street party for the Royal Wedding and it was brilliant, especially for the children. This year we’re more organised and getting more people involved. We’re a really friendly, close-knit community so it’s lovely to be able to get together.
“The last Jubilee was the year I was born. They don’t come round very often and I think more and more people want to celebrate it. We’re asking everyone to enter the spirit and wear something red, white or blue. We’ll be having games like egg and spoon, three-legged races and rounders. The children, including my daughter Kira are getting excited already and it’s good fun for adults too.”
More than 130 people are expected to turn out for the celebrations planned in The Street, Liddington. Gordon Wilson, Chairman of Liddington Parish Council and one of the event organisers, said: “The response has been enthusiastic and most of the main arrangements are in place, from catering to setting up bunting. It’s all about getting to know your neighbours and other people in the village who you wouldn’t normally meet.
“A party was held for the Silver Jubilee celebrations in 1977 and a resident who had just moved in at the time said how enjoyable it was and welcome it made them feel. We hope this year will be just as successful.”
To apply for a street closure, and for tips and guidance on how to have a safe and successful street party, see www.swindon.gov.uk/streetparties or call: (01793) 466380.
Above, Royal wedding party goers from Oliver Tomkins Primary School in 2011.
Right, Haydon End residents celebrating, Caitlin Saxon (3) and her mother Alexandra. Picture ©Calyx Multimedia, 41, Churchward Avenue, Rodbourne Cheney, Swindon SN2 1NJ
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