Kirklees Council is encouraging people to hold street parties to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June.

The council is keen for communities to come together to mark a unique moment in history which is unlikely to ever be repeated.

Sunday February 6 marked the day Her Majesty became the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee and there will be a four-day bank holiday weekend from Thursday June 2 to Sunday June 5 to mark the occasion.

The council says residents can start planning their celebrations and apply to close their road – at no cost – over the June bank holiday weekend now. The deadline for applications is Friday April 22 to enable requests to be processed in time.

In addition to encouraging residents to organise their own celebrations within their communities the council are also planning a number of events and activities.

These include a screening of Buckingham Palace’s ‘Platinum in the Park’ event in Greenhead Park where people can come together and bring picnics; a dedicated exhibition of stories; and a concert at Dewsbury Town Hall. More details will be released later. Beacons will also be lit across Kirklees.

Clr Will Simpson, Cabinet member for culture and greener Kirklees, said: “The bank holiday will be a wonderful opportunity for people across Kirklees to come together to celebrate this historic milestone and for people to reconnect and celebrate with their neighbours after a difficult two years.

“Enabling residents to close streets for this unprecedented anniversary will help bring our communities together, capture the excitement of the bank holiday and reflect on this significant moment in time.

“Throughout our history street parties have taken place to mark important dates, like, most recently, VE Day and the Queen’s 90th birthday. We want to support our residents to celebrate together again.

“We hope the people of Kirklees will get into the spirit of the occasion and take the opportunity to celebrate with their neighbours and communities.”
Residents can find full details on closing roads for a Platinum Jubilee on the following webpage