Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding may not be a bank holiday, but the Government is still encouraging royal fans and those alike to host street parties.
The wedding, which will fall on Saturday, 19 May, the same say as the FA Cup final, provides the perfect opportunity to get your party on. Some councils, such as Bromley and Salford have announced that charges for road closures will be waived for the occasion so it may be more affordable.
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Jake Berry MP told the Express: “We’ve made it easier than ever for local residents from all backgrounds to come together to celebrate the royal wedding and we hope councils will get into the spirit by helping people wishing to organise street parties.
“With the FA Cup final taking place on the same day, there’s never been a better reason to hold a street party and our updated guidance makes clear the steps residents need to take to ensure an enjoyable and safe day is had by all.”
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If you are interested in hosting your only party, it is suggested to contact your council at least four to six weeks ahead of time. The wedding is now under 100 days away!
To apply, a form must be filled with the plans for the party. Local councils can provide you with information on how to apply, music guidelines, fundraising and insurance.
A “street meet” which takes place in a parking area, front garden, end of a cul-de-sac or driveway, does not need permission.
The government is hoping that community spirit will be raised much as the same way of the Diamond Jubilee in 2012 or the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding 2011.
In 2016, The Queen’s 90th birthday landed on the same day as two European Championship matches including England and Wales bringing out multi-purpose street parties.
It was also announced that the Government would extend pub hours until 1 am on both 18 May and 19 May, allowing that extra hour of celebrations.