The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee will be celebrated across the country, the Commonwealth and around the world this year as Her Majesty marks an unprecedented 70 years on the throne.
The special four-day Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend begins on Thursday 2 June and will include public events such as Trooping the Colour and a live concert at Buckingham Palace culminating in The Big Jubilee Lunch and Pageant on Sunday 5 June when people across the country will be invited to sit down together to enjoy street parties.
National Thank You Day, where we say thank you to our communities, is also being held on the same day to coincide with the Jubilee and is hoping to break the record for Britain’s biggest ever national party as part of the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations.
And you’re invited!
Residents of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are encouraged to plan and host street parties and join in The Big Lunch on Sunday 5 June, to bring their communities together in a spirit of fun and friendship to mark this very special occasion.
Whether you plan to host a small gathering in your garden, local park or driveway or if you are going to organise a whole community event with trestle tables down the middle of your street, this is a fantastic opportunity to bring people together and say thank you to our neighbours and community after all we’ve been through over the past two years.
Cllr Beverley Dunlop, Portfolio Holder for Culture and Vibrant Places, said
“We have a wonderful mix of cultures across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole and it would be amazing to see families coming together to celebrate this unique event and make new friends.
“Let’s take this opportunity to share our pride in our beautiful towns and celebrate our diverse and colourful communities over our favourite foods as we celebrate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee. And let’s break the record for street parties!”
For those residents keen to host a community street party, it’s easy to apply via our website to close your road and this will be free of charge for the Platinum Jubilee Big Lunch. Please note that all applications to close your road for a street party must be received by 22nd April 2022 at the very latest. And remember roads that are on bus routes cannot be considered for closure!
The Daily Echo is also encouraging residents to participate in the Jubilee celebrations and are running a shopping voucher competition linked to street party applications. Full details are available in the Daily Echo in print and online: bournemouthecho.co.uk
As part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, the Daily Echo will be working alongside BCP Council to raise awareness around the street party initiative. Tracy Hayden, Director of Advertising said:
“Having street parties is a great way to bring communities together, particularly for those who have become isolated during the pandemic. We want to shine a light on these celebrations by giving away shopping vouchers to help fund a number of these street parties. The details of these giveaways will be announced in the Daily Echo in print and online in the coming weeks”
There are other ways to get involved too, with one of the national initiatives, such as the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative, where some 60,000 trees have already been planted nationally, with people encouraged to “plant a tree for the jubilee”.
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole will be participating in the national beacon lighting programme, with beacons being lit at the start of the celebratory weekend and events being planned around the lighting ceremonies to be announced shortly. More events are expected to be added to the list of ways to participate in this unique celebration.
Find out more about hosting a street party and celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at: bcpcouncil.gov.uk/platinumjubilee