16 May, 2012
The Diamond Jubilee weekend looks set to one of the biggest local celebrations for Eastbourne, with about 15 road closure applications for street parties having been received by Eastbourne Borough Council.
Coupled with the many other events planned in the town over the Jubilee weekend - on the Western Lawns, the Redoubt and Towner, the scale of the celebration is likely to be even greater than that of last year’s Royal Wedding.
The town hall has received and approved 15 applications for events between June 3 and 5 and Eastbourne Borough Council has worked with local residents and businesses to facilitate all of theses street parties to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
On Sunday 3 June Le Brun Road will be holding a street party for 125 people throughout the day and Grendale Avenue (from the top end Gresham Close and Stuart Avenue) will also be hosting their own Jubilee festivities.
Street parties in Pashley Road (from Summerdown Road to triangle with Compton Road) and Manvers Road on Monday 4 June both have an estimated 200 guests attending their celebrations.
Diamond Jubilee fun will be continuing until 10pm on Tuesday 5 June at Great Cliffe Road where there will be 100 guests and 40-60 expected at Bowood Avenue.
In order to help street party organisers, Eastbourne Borough Council built on the success of last year’s Royal Wedding celebrations and launched a campaign aimed at encouraging more street parties in the town.
Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for the Environment, Cllr Wallis said “The organiser of the street party has a duty to inform all residents and businesses of the event and the intention to close the road. However, for communities who are wanting to put on a fantastic event for their street, this is a great way for any area to consult and work together – without the need for expensive advertising or fee to the council.”
Other street parties in the area include one on Sunday 3 June for 50 people at Vicarage Road and two more on Tuesday 5 June at Northbourne Road for 100 plus guests and a celebration for 50 people on Selwyn Road.
To make the process even easier the Council produced draft letters and notices that organisers can adapt for their own needs. The Council’s website provides lots of helpful advice on a range of areas, including the serving of alcohol, maintaining good relations with neighbours and minimising disruption to the wider community.
Whilst the deadline for applications, 14th May 2012, has now passed, subject to availability, the Council is offering to loan organisers signage to alert the locality that a street party is taking place and to help support the event.
The main Diamond Jubilee party in Eastbourne will be taking place on the Western Lawns and sees the return of the popular Fiesta weekend, along with brand new events including a seafront carnival, big screen, flotilla of yachts and more. It looks set to be one of the biggest free festivals in the region as the fun will be continuing for three days, rather than just two.
Residents and local school children are being encouraged to join in the fun by entering a range of competitions including the Blooming Marvellous Flower, Fruit and Vegetable Show, a Tug-of-War, Fancy Dress, Toss the Hay Bale, children’s crown making and painting, plus sailors can enter to join the Jubilee flotilla with a prize for the best dressed boat.
To find out more about Street Parties in Eastbourne go to Eastbourne's Street Parties website or contact one of the Licensing Team on 01323 410000.
For more information on all Diamond Jubilee events go to VisitEastbourne's website or telephone 0871 663 0031.