Today marks the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – the day on which she becomes the first British monarch to reign for 70 years.
And to mark the milestone, residents can now apply to host a street party during the special bank holiday in June.
City of York Council has launched a web page dedicated to all aspects of jubilee fun.
The page also highlights what is going on throughout the jubilee celebrations; with events in York expected to include street parties, a ‘Big Jubilee Lunch’, beacon lighting events, a wealth of city centre events with flags and bunting, a Minster afternoon tea party and a York CVS procession.
Council leader Keith Aspden said: “This is the first time any British monarch has celebrated a platinum jubilee and given York’s long and proud association with the Queen, we want to make it easy for local residents, businesses and communities to organise a street party and celebrate Her Majesty’s incredible record of public service.
“With a great deal going on in York, our newly launched webpage will highlight all the exciting events taking place, from commemorative tree planting as a Champion City for the Queen’s Green Canopy, to being part of the Beacon lighting, as well as provide communities with guidance to organise a street party of your own.”
How to host a street party
The web page provides the information residents need for community street parties being held during the special four-day Jubilee weekend from 2-5 June.
The page provides links with information about how residents and communities can apply to organise a street party in the city, including guidance on closing roads, naming events, the use of social media, and the sharing of national and local resources.
“The number one tip for holding a party is to plan early and to share jobs out amongst residents,” says official UK government guidance.
“If you need a temporary road closure, get in touch with your council at least 6 weeks in advance. “
There will be no road closure fees for resident, community organised and charity events. For a small deposit groups can borrow ‘road closed’ signs from the council depot and event licences will only required for events which include the sale of alcohol.