By Tim Clarke 18/04 Updated: 19/04 15:48
WITH excitement building ahead of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee communities in Worcester are being offered a timely boost to their own celebrations.
Worcester City Council is offering grants of £250 to help community groups staging street parties to cover the cost of all the essentials, from bunting and union flags to party food and the hire of tables.
Individuals organising celebrations over the Jubilee weekend of June 2 to 5 can also apply for grants of £50.
The council has also waived its charges for temporary road closures in a bid to encourage as many people as possible to enter the party-spirit.
Residents on Pinkett Street in Northwick will be among those taking full advantage of the council grant as they prepare to stage their 12th street party in a proud tradition of Royal celebrations which stretches back to the Queen's Coronation in June 1953.
Sandra Smith, whose mum helped organise that first party almost 60 years ago, has carried on the tradition and is hoping to reunite many of the residents who were present in 1953 at their Diamond Jubilee party on Sunday, June 3.
Last April more than 350 children and adults took part in Pinkett Street's Royal Wedding street party and Mrs Smith is hoping to repeat that success with a disco, pig roast, street entertainment and an afternoon tea for more elderly residents.
"This year is going to be extra special because we are inviting those who were at the original Coronation party in 1953," she said. "My mum and aunty organised the first party back in 1953 so I guess I'm following in their footsteps! It's a tradition were very proud of here."
Chris Hill, the council's Service Manager for Safer and Stronger Communities, said: “The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee is a great chance for people to get together and show what a strong community spirit Worcester folk have.
“Street parties are great fun, but there are always going to be costs involved, so we want to play our part by offering a helping hand to city residents."
To apply for a grant visit www.worcester.gov.uk/streetparties and download an application form, which needs to be returned to the council by no later than Friday, May 4.
Those organising a street party will also need to apply for a Temporary Road Closure Order on the same webpage.
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