Dozens of streets hold Jubilee party

NEARLY 100 applications for street parties have been made as patriotic residents clamour to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee in style.

Northamptonshire County Council has received 96 requests for road closures for street parties to celebrate the Queen’s milestone in June. There have been far more applications than for the Royal Wedding last year, with celebrations looking to be some of the biggest in recent times.

Jeyes, in The Square, Earls Barton, a chemist which doubles as a museum, has transformed into a mock-up street party, complete with bunting, memorabilia, and high tea on the menu.

Georgina Jeyes, who helps run the family shop, said: “It’s a bit of fun to celebrate something that will never take place again in our lifetime.

“We’ve had a lot of interest in our displays, with people sharing laughter, comments and memories.

“I think it has captured people’s imaginations this year.”

Residents of Lawrence Close in Kettering are planning to celebrate after requesting a road closure.

Ann Allen, 68, who is helping organise the event, said: “We’re hoping to have children’s games, food, music and decorations.

“It’s hard times out there at the moment so this gives people a chance to celebrate something special. Sixty years is quite an achievement.”

The first 20 groups which apply in Wellingborough will be offered £100 to reimburse costs by the town’s council.

Application forms can be requested from Gill Chapman on 01933 231 839.

Road closure requests must be submitted by May 3, by calling the county council on 01604 364 359.