Town set to celebrate Diamond Jubilee in style

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HARTLEPOOL is set to sparkle after dozens of groups are set to celebrate Diamond Jubilee events.

Hartlepool Borough Council has been inundated with bids for grants to go towards parties aimed at bringing communities across town together.

Residents’ associations, toddler groups, pensioner groups, parish councils and bowling clubs are among the dozens to be staging celebrations.

Young and old will come together to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s 60 years on the throne.

In total, the council has received notification of 12 official street parties, which will see temporary road closures.

But there will be dozens of other events including tea dances and garden parties.

Party teas, games, crafts and bunting will be seen across town between Saturday, June 2, and Tuesday, June 5.

Mayor Stuart Drummond will next week discuss 28 funding applications for Civic Lottery Funding towards Diamond Jubilee events.

A total of £3,000 has been set aside and the vast majority have been recommended £100 contributions, while a handful are in line for a £60 cash boost.

A report by John Mennear, the council’s assistant director (community services), said: “Because of the unexpected number of applications for funding for the Queens Diamond Jubilee Celebration an additional separate allocation is being recommended of £3,000 for these applications.

“There are currently 28 applications for funding for the Diamond Jubilee from local groups for a contribution to the costs of staging a party or event to celebrate the occasion.”

Groups with a membership of up to 30 members could apply for £60 and those with more than 30 could apply for £100.

If approved, the money can be used towards the cost of staging an event or street party.

Mr Mennear added: “The total amount recommended for these applications is £3,000 with the additional allocation for any late applications.

“Once this allocation is exhausted no additional funding will be made available.”

The mayor’s portfolio meeting will be held on Monday, May 21, at 9.30am at the Civic Centre, in Victoria Road.

The deadline for temporary road closures for street parties has now closed.

For more information about the details of the closures call the council’s highways and transportation department on (01429) 523200.