Dozens of streets celebrate Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

A right royal knees-up will take place in 211 streets across West Sussex to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

West Sussex County Council has received over 200 applications for temporary road closures so street parties can be thrown over the course of the extended Diamond Jubilee weekend.

The bank holiday weekend, which lasts from Saturday June 2 to Tuesday June 5, marks 60 years since the accession of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1952.

West Sussex County Council Leader Louise Goldsmith said: “It is wonderful to know that so many of our communities in the county are coming together with their neighbours to mark this historic occasion.

“This will be the first big event in what should be a summer to remember.”

In addition to residents’ preparing the cucumber sandwiches and putting up the bunting, the Diamond Jubilee is also being celebrated by West Sussex libraries.

Children are being invited to enter a Diamond Jubilee competition by drawing a picture or writing a poem about the Queen.

All they need to do is hand their work into their nearest library and it will be sent to Buckingham Palace.

The closing date for entries is Saturday June 9 and first prize is a £10 book voucher.

The next event on the calendar to look forward to is Sussex Day, which takes place on Saturday June 16.