Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Blackburn with Darwen gets ready for a right royal knees up

Blackburn with Darwen Council is urging people to get their street party applications in by the end of the week to be in time to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee.

Residents have until Friday, May 25 to submit an application to close a road. The Council will waive any road closure fees on non classified roads.

Over the Jubilee weekend the borough is expected to come alive with street parties and events celebrating the Queen’s 60th year on the throne.

Only eight road closures have so far been put in place as the majority of party organisers are holding events at community venues or on open spaces.  

It is expected scores of street parties will take place with over 60 people attending the free street party workshops that were run by the Council, giving people guidance on anything from marketing to working with partners.
And funding for Jubilee events under the Council's Your Call scheme, which saw volunteers given grants for street parties were given to 26 community groups.

They include the Friends of Darwen Cemetery, the Residents of Sunnyhurst Association and the Cleaner, Greener Griffin Group.

Events taking place over the weekend include music and fairground rides in the town centre on Saturday, June 2, organised by the Royal Society of St George supported by the Council.

There will also be in Blackburn Market, a tea towel/bunting making workshop from midday until 3.30pm.
On Sunday, Blackburn will take part in the BIG Lunch, an annual celebration, which now in its fourth year is aimed at bringing communities together.

This year the event will be supported by the Council and Blackburn Cathedral and will have a Jubilee theme.
It will see the Cathedral grounds decorated with bunting, arts workshops taking place and a commemorative tree planting by the Royal Society of St George. 

In addition, town hall square will reflect the celebrations as the town hall is to be lit in the colours of the British flag over the weekend and the floral planting planned for the square will have a Jubilee theme. 
Executive member for Leisure and Culture, Councillor Damian Talbot, said: "We want as many people as possible to get involved with the Jubilee and are doing everything we can to support the events that are taking place as well as holding some of our own.

"It's a fantastic opportunity to encourage community spirit by people coming together meeting neighbours they've not met before or finding out about community groups they could join and of course enjoy a day to remember."

For more information visit www.blackburn.gov.uk/diamondjubilee

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