Plans for a bonanza of Diamond Jubilee parties

PARTY TIME on Mersey Street in Bulwell last year for the royal wedding. Pictured are Heather Clarke, partner David Seymour and baby Callum Seymour

PARTY TIME on Mersey Street in Bulwell last year for the royal wedding. Pictured are Heather Clarke, partner David Seymour and baby Callum Seymour

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A RIGHT royal do is on the horizon in Bulwell — with plans to make sure every youngster in the town is invited to a street party to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the Queen taking the throne will sweep the country across an extended Bank-Holiday weekend from Saturday June 2 to Tuesday June 5.

Now Coun Jackie Morris, a Bulwell Labour member of Nottingham City Council, wants to make sure children are at the heart of the historic occasion in the town.

She would like to see local groups, churches, schools and neighbours come together and launch parties that will promote a sense of community togetherness.

Money from a funding pot she is given for the benefit of the area she serves will be used towards some of the celebrations.

“We are going to hold as many street parties as we can, and we would like every child in Bulwell to have access to one,” said Coun Morris.

“I think it is essential we have a celebration to recognise the Queen’s work and her achievements.”

The last time communities were able to get together was to mark the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in April 2011.

But the Diamond Jubilee is an extremely rare occasion, with the previous monarch to have ruled for such a long period being Queen Victoria.

Coun Morris is determined the weekend will be a celebration to remember in Bulwell and is also bidding to launch a garden competition with prizes for those who come up with the best red, white and blue floral displays.

Already several groups have shown interest in hosting events, including Bulwell Education Action Zone (EAZ), Bonnington Junior School in the town and the Rufford and Bulwell Hall tenants and residents associations.

Backing has also come from the Bulwell Forest Action Group whose secretary, Bill Blackamore, remembers the Queen’s Coronation.

He said: “My family was the only one to have a TV and all the neighbours gathered round to watch. We then had a street party. This is about trying to rekindle those kinds of things and bring the community together.”