Book soon to hold your Platinum Jubilee street party for the Queen

On February 6 this year, Queen Elizabeth became the first British Monarch in history to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of service to the realm.

The Government has set aside a four-day weekend from Thursday, June 2, until Sunday, June 5, as the main period of celebration.

A street party in Yalding in 2011 to celebrate the wedding of William and Kate
A street party in Yalding in 2011 to celebrate the wedding of William and Kate
A street party in Victoria Street, Maidstone, in 1945 to celebrate VE Day
A street party in Victoria Street, Maidstone, in 1945 to celebrate VE Day
A street party in Wyatt Street, Maidstone, in 1953, to celebrate the Queen's coronation
A street party in Wyatt Street, Maidstone, in 1953, to celebrate the Queen's coronation

As well as national events, it is expected that many local communities - especially after two years of the pandemic and on-off lockdowns - will appreciate the chance to hang up some bunting, blow up some balloons and hold their own street party in celebration, such as commonly followed the conclusion of the Second World War, and were subsequently held for the Queen's Silver and Golden Jubilees, and for various Royal Weddings.

KCC has invited people to apply for a one-day road closure licence, on one of those days during that period.

There will be no fee, but certain conditions will need to be met, mainly around the need to inform other residents in the street.

However, if you haven't yet planned a party, you had better get a move on. The deadline for applications is Thursday, March 31.

To find out more about holding a street party visit here.

To apply for a street closure licence, visit here.

Cheers! Residents of Fielding Drive, Larkfield, toast William and Kate on their wedding in 2011
Cheers! Residents of Fielding Drive, Larkfield, toast William and Kate on their wedding in 2011
A VE Day party in William Street, Sittingbourne in 1945
A VE Day party in William Street, Sittingbourne in 1945
A party to celebrate the 1981 wedding of Charles and Diana at Sussex Drive, Walderslade
A party to celebrate the 1981 wedding of Charles and Diana at Sussex Drive, Walderslade

Meanwhile our sister website Kent Online is planning its own coverage of the celebrations.

We would very much like to hear from anyone who remembers 1952, the year the Queen came to the throne, and what life was like in Maidstone then and the years after.

We'd particularly like to receive any photographs you have from that era.

Send your contributions to Alan Smith at ajsmith@thekmgroup.co.uk

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