More than 300 street parties in Kent during Queen’s Diamond Jubilee
MANY Kentish streets are geared up to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee with 319 official street parties planned in the garden of England during the extended Bank Holiday weekend.
The figure is 75% up on the 182 street parties held in Kent for the Royal Wedding last year, when the county was ranked third in a national league of street parties.
Kent County Council Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Waste, Bryan Sweetland, said: "It is fantastic news that so many residents across Kent will celebrate this historic occasion with their friends and neighbours.
"We made this process as simple as possible to make it easy for people to enjoy the event with their neighbours. We also waived the charges for street parties on quiet residential roads and cul-de-sacs.
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"Kent County Council extends Her Majesty our best wishes and I am delighted that thousands of people across the county will enjoy traditional street parties to mark the Diamond Jubilee."
One of the Kentish villages which will organise a street party is the parish of Headcorn. "There are about 300 registered guests, but I expect there will be more people on the day", one of the organisers, Helen Anderson, 42, said.
"There will be games on the green, local scouts will provide hamburgers and hotdogs, we will provide sandwiches and a local shop owner will bring strawberries and cream."
Ms Anderson hopes it will be an unforgettable day for everybody. "It's very exciting and we hope the good weather will stay with us. It's a unique occasion. I remember the street parties from 1977. It's one of those things you'll always remember."