26 Mar 2012 Last updated at 00:00

Council waives charges for Diamond Jubilee street parties

A guide to organising street parties to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this summer has been compiled by the Isle of Wight Council.

A number of normal charges and procedures have been waived in an effort to make it as easy as possible for residents to enjoy what will be an historic occasion.
As much of the bureaucracy and red tape has been removed as possible; however, some statutory rules such as for the sale of food and alcohol remain, primarily for the safety of those taking part.
Advice about holding a street party

Staff from the council’s licensing, highways and events teams have put together the simple guide to help residents hold a safe, and above all enjoyable, community event.
The guide to organising events can be found at www.iwight.com/jubilee in the ‘how to organise an event’ section. It contains information about where to hold your event, the use of council car parks for events, road closure advice, flying bunting and flags, music, food and an event safety checklist. 
The council is confident most street party road closure applications will be approved, although residents are advised to avoid planning events along the Island’s main roads.
Events across the Island

To mark 60 years of the Queen’s reign, events are expected to take place across the Island.
The Island’s main event centres around Appley Park in Ryde between Saturday 2 and Monday 4 June. The park will be transported back to the 1950s with traditional games, entertainment and the creation of a ‘pop-up’ high street themed around the coronation year of 1953. Organisers aim to mix vintage nostalgia with a modern twist, creating a memorable weekend for all members of the community.
For people not planning their own street parties, the event will be hosting The Big Lunch on Sunday 3 June sponsored by Ryde Town Council. This will be at Garden Walk in Appley Park alongside the beach and free for all to attend. For the children, goodie bags will be distributed by Trolley Dollies in themed attire from the 50s. Residents are invited to bring their own picnic hamper and celebrate the Diamond Jubilee in style while soaking up the wonderful location of Appley park and beach with glorious views over the Solent.
Bringing neighbourhoods together

A list of events confirmed so far can be found at www.iwight.com/jubilee in the ‘local events’ section. Details of how people can add their own event can also be found on the website.
The Queen came to the throne in 1952 and this year will become the second monarch in British history to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee, the first being Queen Victoria – who had strong links with the Island through Osborne House.

Councillor David Williams, chairman of the Isle of Wight Council, said: “The council is keen to help residents plan their jubilee events by cutting out as much red-tape and bureaucracy as possible. By waiving a number of standard charges and requirements we hope residents will be able to get on and enjoy their community events which will no doubt bring neighbourhoods together on this important occasion.” 

Celebrations are expected to take place across the Island
Celebrations are expected to take place across the Island
  • The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will visit Cowes on Wednesday 25 July as part the official tour to mark the year of her majesty's Diamond Jubilee.
  • The Island’s main Diamond Jubilee event takes place at Appley Park in Ryde between Saturday 2 and Monday 4 June.
  • The Queen came to the throne in 1952.
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