Street parties planned in East Surrey to mark Diamond Jubilee
WITH fewer than 100 days to go before the bumper four-day Queen's Diamond Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend, plans are building to make it a good one.
A year after East Surrey went bunting-mad to celebrate Prince William's wedding to Kate Middleton, flag-waving fever is again expected to mark his grandmother's 60 years on the throne, with the celebrations running from June 2 to 5.
There will be parties and beacons, and even roundabouts will have patriotic decorations – Reigate and Banstead Borough Council has ordered 19,000 bedding plants, mostly in red, white and blue, for roads and parks.
Kingswood is just one area getting into the jubilee spirit. Pimm's will flow during a four-day celebration, including a concert, open gardens, a flower festival, and a mass street party, opened by comedian Tim Vine.
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"This is unique in our lifetimes," said Simon Parnall, chair of the village's Diamond Jubilee steering committee. "The last time this happened in our nation was during Queen Victoria's reign. Our Queen has managed 60 years on the throne, it is a once-in-a-century thing and for us there is no better time to get together as a community and celebrate.
"There is something on every day of the weekend. We wanted to have a range of events that would appeal to lots of people in the community. We thought 'lets make it special'. People in Kingswood really don't need to be going away that week."
Reigate and Banstead Borough Council has so far received ten applications for street party road closures, but the deadline isn't until May 4, and the authority is expecting more requests to come in.
Big celebrations are planned in the borough where beacons will light up the sky to mark the milestone.
Councillor Roger Newstead, executive member for community engagement, said: "This is a brilliant opportunity for communities and local people to come together.
"We are liaising with businesses to ensure that our area is decorated with Union Jacks and bunting."
Diamond Jubilee Events
- Jubilation street party, Sunday, June 3, noon to 10pm, Priory Park, Reigate. Organised by the Loveworks charity, this ‘street party’ will include games, stalls, live jazz music, a fun fair, and cream teas.
- Jubilee beacon event, Priory Park, Monday, June 4, evening. Organised by the borough council, a beacon will be lit, entertainment, food and a torch parade put on with the help of local traders.
- Jubilee fun day, Monday, June 4, noon to 6pm, Horley Recreation Ground. Organised by Horley Town Council, Horley & District Chamber of Commerce, Horley & District Round Table, Horley Lions and local Scouts and Guides. The day will feature marching bands, floats, stalls, a funfair, fancy dress, and refreshments. Entry will be by programme, for which there will be a charge.
- Jubilee beacon event, Lady Neville Recreation Ground, Monday, June 4. Organised by Banstead District Scouts.
- Brickfield Road, Millers Lane and Wasp Green will all be closed for the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations. The roads are closed on June 3, 11am-3pm.