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Council encourages Jubilee celebrations

The council is encouraging residents to celebrate the Jubilee by holding street parties and viewing a beacon-lighting event.

The Queen is the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years on the throne. Celebrations will culminate in a four-day bank holiday weekend from Thursday 2 June to Sunday 5 June.

Holding a small outside event with neighbours, on private land, does not need council permission. But if residents are planning a street party involving the closure of a public road, the council is asking them to apply for a closure order, if the street is suitable. There is no charge for this.

To learn more about organising an event and the criteria for suitable roads, and to find the application form, go to our Jubilee street parties page.

So street party applications can be processed in time, please submit them by 22 April.

The council is also holding a short ceremonial event to mark the lighting of a Platinum Jubilee beacon on top of the Diving Museum at No. 2 Battery, Stokes Bay. This will be one of more than 1,500 beacons to be lit in the UK and around the world in celebration of the Queen's long service.

The beacon will be lit at 9.45pm on Thursday 2 June, and residents wanting to watch this can do so from a cordoned-off area of No. 2 Battery West Car Park.

Cllr Graham Burgess, Leader of the Council, said: "Thanks to our military heritage, our borough has a special connection to the Queen. I'm sure local people will want to take part in these once-in-a-lifetime celebrations. A party with your neighbours is a great traditional way to get involved. Another way is to come and see the council's beacon being lit, as we play our part in paying tribute to Her Majesty."

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