Deadline looms for Diamond Jubilee party planners

Party planning enthusiasts who fancy throwing a bash in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee have less than a week to make their applications, local publications are warning.

Residents in Hertfordshire for example – who have been crowned the nation’s biggest party organisers, throwing some 160 events – have only until Tuesday May 1 to submit further applications, says hertsandessexobserver.co.uk.

Rob Smith, the county’s assistant director of transport management, says that as no charges apply for small road closures, it would be incredible to double the amount of applications – reaching to around the same seen for 2011’s royal wedding celebrations.

“This is a perfect opportunity to get your local community together and celebrate the Jubilee in style,” he commented. “With both the Jubilee and the Olympics taking place this year, we hope that this summer is the season for celebrations in Herts.”

Residents in neighbouring county Essex also have until May 1 to submit their applications.

Northamptonshire County Council meanwhile has received 96 requests for the big June event, reports northantset.co.uk. One store, Jeyes, a chemist in Earl’s Barton village centre has already got into the party spirit by setting up a mock-street party, offering bunting, memorabilia and cups of tea.

“We’ve had a lot of interest in our displays, with people sharing laughter, comments and memories,” says Georgina Jeyes from the family-run business. “I think it has captured people’s imaginations this year.”

Residents in the county there have until May 3 to submit road closure requests and these can be obtained through the county council.

Party planners elsewhere in the country can similarly contact their own councils, or jump online, to see when their county deadline is.

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