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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

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Call to Cumbrian Diamond Jubilee party planners

Grab the bunting, streamers and trestle tables – and start planning your party for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Jubilee photo
The Queen's Silver Jubilee celebrations in Inglewood Crescent, Carlisle, in June 1977

Party planners for the big weekend in June are being urged to contact their local council for guidance.

Information about how to manage road closures – and other practical advice – is available online at two websites.

People need to contact councils at least six weeks before any planned party, for either the Jubilee weekend from June 2 to 5 or the Olympics from July 27 to August 12.

Carlisle City Council says it has currently received no applications for street parties.

A spokeswoman said: “No-one has put in a request as yet but The Museum pub on Moorhouse Road has applied for a temporary event in its car park.”

Thursby is holding a gala day on its Jubilee Field on June 2 and afternoon celebrations on The Green on June 3, that will include the Border Concert Band, afternoon teas and songs of praise.

Hadrian’s Wall will feature prominently in events. The televised events surrounding the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, scheduled for June 4, will feature the lighting of 60 beacons across Hadrian’s Wall linking communities along the length of the World Heritage Site.

The London 2012 Torch Relay will be visiting Hadrian’s Wall Country on June 16, calling in along the Tyne Valley toward Hexham and returning to Carlisle and west Cumbria on June 21.

The small community of St Bees in west Cumbria is planning a series of celebrations. Ideas include a village school fete and barbecue, beach event, the lighting of a beacon and fireworks.

On June 3, Cockermouth’s Market Place will be laid out with tables for al fresco celebrations. There will be entertainment for children too.

Coronation Street star Michelle Collins will help people in Whitehaven celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Michelle, who plays Rovers Return pub landlady Stella Price, will meet fans at Whitehaven at the Festival on Sunday, June 3.

There will also be a return visit from the Red Arrows, whose displays will light up the skies above the harbour on the Sunday afternoon.

Barbara Cannon, Allerdale’s executive member with responsibility for democratic services, said: “The Diamond Jubilee is a wonderful opportunity for neighbours to get together.

“Most of the parties will take place in local streets with very little traffic, so it’s sensible to cut the red tape and bureaucracy and make the process for closure as simple as possible.

“Organisers need to tell us when and where they plan to hold their party by submitting a simple application form as soon as possible.”

Forms can be downloaded from www.allerdale.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/road-closure-orders.aspx. Alternatively phone Democratic Services on 01900 702550.

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