PROUD Worcester residents will be raising a toast to Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this June after council chiefs confirmed more than 50 street parties are already planned.
Royal lovers in Pinkett Street are among the 58 applications received by Worcester City Council so far and council chiefs have reminded residents grants to organise community events to mark the historic anniversary are on offer.
A total of £30,000 has been set aside to fund decorations and exhibitions across the city, as well as a programme of events to remember.
These will include the lighting of a beacon at Fort Royal Park on June 2, a day of ‘living history’ at The Commandery on June 3 and a free exhibition of royal memorabilia, including mementos of past royal visits to the city and the Guildhall.
Pinkett Street has held 12 street parties over several decades, with the first to mark VE Day in 1945.
A further event is also set to be held in the appropriately named Jubilee Road in St John’s with organisers going the extra mile and raising money for charity on the day.
“You can’t live in Jubilee Road and not celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee! So, because we are so aptly named we are planning an extra special event for the residents and their families,” said Jubilee Road resident Jackie Peppiatt.
“We are holding a street party on the Sunday; we’ll have bunting and balloons and even a life size cut out of the Queen in pride of place.
“We are planning to have tables and chairs up the middle of the road and we will all enjoy lots of food and drink to help her Majesty celebrate this incredible achievement.
“We’ve also got live music and games planned.
“On top of this, the residents of Jubilee Road are using this celebration as an opportunity to raise money for charity.
“We’d like to say a big thank you to Worcester City and County Council for helping with the road closure and offering a £100 grant towards the party and what will hopefully be a fantastic celebration,” she added.
Council chiefs hope the events will be occasions for everyone to enjoy and remember and bring communities back together following the pandemic.
Limited funding is still available to support street parties and community events held between May 28 and June 30.
Community groups can apply for up to £2,000 to help run events, and individuals can apply for up to £100 to help with holding a Jubilee party. Applications for road closures must be submitted by 5pm on Thursday (March 31) otherwise the deadline is 5pm on April 19.
Visit www.worcester.gov.uk/small-community-grants for more.