Get set for a right royal knees up
Friday May 18, 2012
Hundreds of residents are gearing up for the party of the year, as more than 60 street parties are set to take place in Hammersmith & Fulham to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
The deadline for party applications passed last Friday (May 11) and the council has received requests for 66 parties, from groups of residents from across the borough – that’s nearly double the number of applications that were made last year for the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, now known as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Over the extended bank holiday, June 2-5, millions of people across the country will be celebrating the 60-year reign of Queen Elizabeth II, with thousands of those partying in the streets of H&F, as well as at free council-run events in Furnivall Gardens, Hammersmith, and Bishops Park in Fulham.
The council made it easier than ever for residents to organise festivities by cutting the amount of red tape residents once had to trawl through to plan a community event, including reducing the number of forms that needed to be completed by hand to just one simple online form. The old process could also be tedious which often led to delays or cancellations to community events.
This cutting of red tape, along with positive feedback and successful parties last year, have spurred residents into getting together and it seems now that the whole borough has caught the ‘party bug’.
Cllr Harry Phibbs, cabinet member for community engagement, said: “The jubilee weekend is going to be a wonderful celebration of everything that makes Britain great, and this borough will be at the very heart of those festivities with street parties, concerts, music and more!
“The fact that we have such a huge rise in the number of street parties compared to last year for the royal wedding is a sure sign that, by making our application process simpler than in previous years, more people have been able to easily organise events to celebrate this historic occasion.
“With so many events to look forward to across the borough, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.”
H&F Council is marking the jubilee with two free events in Furnivall Gardens and the newly refurbished Bishops Park on June 3, between 11am–7pm, on the same day as the royal flotilla travels down the Thames. There will be big screens to watch all the celebratory events, a vintage funfair, food stalls and bars, live and recorded music, dancing from the Hammersmith Morris Men and performances from local talent.
The riverside parks will offer the perfect viewpoints to watch the royal river pageant of 265 vessels mustering, from mid-morning between Hammersmith and Putney Bridges, before they set off from the official starting point at Battersea Bridge in Wandsworth. Boats at the head of the flotilla will be passing under Putney Bridge at around 2.30pm, with the pageant officially starting at around 2.40pm.
Hammersmith Town Hall, the riverside and King Street will also be decorated with the banners, flags and bunting, while a beacon on top of the town hall will be lit on June 4.
Looking beyond the jubilee weekend, in a year where London and its residents are in the media spotlight, residents can still sign up for a street party to celebrate the London 2012 Games, which start on July 27. Applications must be submitted to the council by June 29, at the latest, but residents requiring a premises licence to sell alcohol at their events will need to apply at least six weeks before their planned event.
If you would like to apply to host a small local event for the Olympics, visit www.lbhf.gov.uk/streetparties or contact the council on 020 8753 2480. For a list of all confirmed events taking place in the borough for the Queen’s Jubilee, visit: www.lbhf.gov.uk/diamondjubilee.