Street party planned

Dawn McManus
Dawn McManus

A STREET is set to swap cars for confetti to mark the Royal Wedding - as long as organisers can raise enough sponsorship.

Lister Street, in Hartlepool, has been named the location of the first open community party in the town to mark the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

And anyone else hoping to organise a party that requires permission, a licence or road closures have until Friday to submit their requests to Hartlepool Borough Council.

Part of Lister Street, near to Caroline Street, will be shut off from noon-4pm on Friday, April 29, when people will be celebrating the big event at Westminster Abbey.

The pavement of York Road outside Cafe One77 will also be put to use for the national holiday.

Live music, fun inflatables and activities for children, stalls and a traditional tea party will be among the attractions.

But it may not happen as organisers need to get the backing of a host of sponsors to pull it off.

Dawn McManus (pictured), from the charity Red Dreams that is helping to organise the event, said: “We are contacting all of the businesses on the block of York Road where it will take place and Lister Street for sponsorship and involvement.

“This could mean that they may also have activities outside their own premises, but this is still to be confirmed.

“If we don’t get enough sponsorship, unfortunately it won’t go ahead.”

Along with Cafe 0ne77, the event has so far also got the backing of Hart Gables, the Throston Youth Project and Radio Hartlepool.

It is the first open community event to be organised for the big day but others are thought to be planned.

Hartlepool Borough Council has pointed out that in the majority of cases permission will not be required for celebrations.

A spokesman for the council said: “Permission will only be required if residents request to close a road or require an entertainment or liquor licence.

“We would however urge people to get in touch with us if they are planning a street party and not leave it to the last minute.

“If for example a road closure is requested we are required by law to follow a particular process and this can take at least 14 days.”

If anyone is planning a street party and wants to check whether any licences/permissions are needed, they should contact the council’s licensing team on (01429) 523354.

Anyone wanting to ask about a road closure should ring (01429) 523580.

To find out more about the Lister Street event or to support the party ring Dawn on 07851 907691.