JUBILEE fever is set to spill onto the streets of Ealing next month with an impressive 80 street parties planned.
Residents will roll out the bunting and pitchers of Pimm’s across the extended bank holiday weekend – Saturday, June 2 to Tuesday, June 5 – to commemorate the Queen’s 60-year reign.
And it seems the borough has got a taste of its royal connections, following the 50 street parties organised for the Royal Wedding last spring. Thousands of residents descended on Clarence Street, Southall which was home to the Duchess of Cambridge’s grandparents and her mother Carole Middleton.
Ealing Council again waived the fee for the small outdoor celebrations to help residents get in the party spirit. A council spokeswoman said it was unable to say where the parties were being held, to avoid gate crashers, but said they were spread out across the borough.
Ealing leads neighbours in Hounslow and Hammersmith and Fulham which have 30 and 36 parties planned, and follows closely behind Hillingdon's 102. Wandsworth has the highest number of applications with 164 road closures planned.
As well as the outdoor celebrations, many groups will also be hosting their own indoor parties including the 4th Perivale Scouts (pictured).
The small group of only 14 youngsters hopes to raise as much money as possible to help maintain their ageing scout hut which was built not long after the Queen took to the throne.
Cub scout leader Patricia Green said: “We’re a small group and our hut is getting older and older and things are getting more and more expensive to keep it ticking over. It was built in the 1960s.
“It’s difficult to raise that from our scout funds when we want to keep our joining fees as low as possible.
“The whole community is welcome to the party. Last year when we held a party for the Royal Wedding, people were just walking past and coming in. It was really lovely to mix with everyone.”
Traditional British fare will be served up in the shape of Cockney pie and mash, English cream tea, homemade jubilee cakes, and a barbecue, while youngsters can enjoy a bouncy castle, hook a duck, raffle and tombola.
The scout hut will be open in Stockdove Way, Perivale, on Saturday, June 2, from 1pm to 6pm.
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