Apathy over Queen’s Jubilee parties

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STREET parties in South Tyneside to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee have so far met with a lukewarm response.

Outdoor bashes are planned this summer in recognition of the Queen’s six decades on the throne.

South Tyneside Council had set a target of 60 parties across the borough – one for every year of Her Majesty’s reign.

And Coun Tracey Dixon, the council’s lead member for leisure, has urged folk to join in the celebrations.

But so far, the local authority has received five party applications.

Despite the lack of formal bids, there have been a number of other telephone and e-mail inquiries from interested parties.

And a ‘late rush’ is anticipated before the closing date of Tuesday, May 1.

A South Tyneside Council spokesman said: “We have received five applications. None have been formally approved yet as they are going through the necessary processes. We’ve also had expressions of interest from people wanting to know how they apply or what they need to do to get more details.

“We are encouraging people to hold street parties but ask that they submit the applications by May 1 to allow the council to process road closure orders – this involves consulting with emergency services and interested parties.”

Official celebrations will be taking place nationally over the extended Bank Holiday weekend, running from June 2 to June 5.

Meanwhile, South Tyneside Council will be commemorating the anniversary with a series of events and activities.

The highlight will be a visit to the borough by the Queen herself – on either July 18 or 19.

But the public can go to South Marine Park in South Shields on Monday, June 4, to enjoy the Diamond Jubilee Concert, broadcast on a big screen.

The pop concert will be followed by the lighting of 60 beacons along the coast from South Shields to Whitburn as part of the ‘Lighting of the Nation’s Beacons’ event.

Street party organisers are advised to make use of the council’s website: www.southtyneside.info/jubilee

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