We’re planning a big street party

Terri Meechan is looking forward to celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee
Terri Meechan is looking forward to celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee

Patriotic fervour is sweeping through the county with residents clamouring to organise street parties to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

More than 40 applications for permission to hold street parties to mark the anniversary in June have already been submitted.

That is twice as many as this time last year when Royal Wedding celebration plans were being made.

And anyone who hasn’t made an application yet need not fear, as the deadline is not until May 4.

Normally the notice period for a road closure is three months, but Northamptonshire County Council has reduced this to the absolute minimum of four weeks to give people time to make plans.

Events are already lined up for Corby town centre, Rushden Hall Park and many villages.

One place which is set for the big day is the village of Gretton, where a huge street party will take place along the length of the main Kirby Road.

A working group of villagers has been meeting regularly to organise the event on Monday, June 4, which will include live music, a competition for the best-decorated house and street games.

Terri Meechan, who is one of the organisers, said: “The last time we had a street party was for the Golden Jubilee and about 700 people came to that.

“It was so successful people still talk about it to this day.

“Deep down we are patriotic, even if a lot of people would not admit it.

“Sixty years on the throne is some achievement.

“We do love the Royal family and it is an excuse for the whole village to get together and have a really fun day.”

A county council spokesman said: “It’s great to see that so many people are planning to celebrate this milestone.

“We’re expecting many more applications before the deadline and we would advise anyone interested in applying for a road closure to get in touch sooner rather than later to allow plenty of time to assess any possible issues.”

Call 01604 364359 for details.