Grab the bunting! Celebrate the Queen’s birthday with free street party in Richmond

The Queen’s birthday is set to bring community spirit to an all time high as Richmond Council lets residents hold street parties for free.

To commemorate the sovereign’s official birthday on June 12, Richmond Council is waiving the £59 application fee for street parties being held on June 11, 12, 18 and 19.

Neighbours and families are encouraged to set up their gazebos and picnic tables on the south west London streets and make it a day to remember.

Councillor Pamela Fleming, Richmond Council cabinet member for communities, business and culture, said: “The Queen’s 90th Birthday is a truly national event and provides a great chance for all of us to reflect on the extraordinary service Her Majesty has given this country for more than six decades.

“If the Diamond Jubilee celebrations are anything to go by, Richmond residents will demonstrate their community spirit by arranging many street parties.

“To help, the council has hacked away all the bureaucracy we can around applying for a street party, including the road closure application costs.

“My genuine hope is that people take advantage of that and come together to get out the bunting, bake lots of cakes and celebrate a momentous birthday.”

If you’re planning to string out the bunting and raise a glass to Britain’s longest serving monarch then Richmond Council asks that anyone organising a street party completes the forms as soon as possible.

Image courtesy of the Royal Navy Media Archive, with thanks 

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