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Published 12th Jan 2012

Queen's Diamond Jubilee

Middlesbrough Council is aiming to make it as simple as possible for residents to hold street parties to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee will take place in June this year to mark the

60th year of Her Majesty’s reign.

The celebrations will centre on an extended weekend of June 2, 3, 4 and 5.

Thousands throughout the country will be holding street parties and Middlesbrough Council has already received two applications to hold Diamond Jubilee street parties in the town.

Organising small, private street parties is simple and generally does not involve activities that need a licence, such as selling alcohol or providing certain types of entertainment.

If residents want to close a road in Middlesbrough for their street party they have to apply to the council for permission before Friday, May 4.

There is no charge for residents for road closures or to have public liability insurance for the event.

Anyone wanting to hold a street party in Middlesbrough, which involves a road closure, should follow these simple guidelines.


  • Get organised - get support from a few neighbours. Appoint a lead person and get going on organising your event

  • Road Closure - apply for your road closure as soon as possible via the council website.
    The Council will consider the application and liaise on your behalf with the police, bus operators and emergency services. Once permission is sorted invitations can be issued. The Council will arrange public liability cover.
  • If you want to widen your event to include selling tickets, alcohol or food further licences may be required. You won’t need a licence if you have live or recorded music which is incidental to the event. You can also organise a raffle as long as the prizes aren’t worth more than £500 and tickets are not sold in advance.

  • Remember to be a good neighbour! Let everyone know in your street what is planned - whether they are coming along or not - together with a contact name and number just in case there is a problem. And remember to turn the music down later in the evening.

  • Cleaning up should be done while the road is still closed.


Councillor Nicky Walker, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Streetscene Services and Transport, said: “Street parties are a great opportunity for communities to come together, get to know each other and enjoy themselves.

“Opportunities for community celebration do not come along very often, and we want to help residents to make their plans a reality.”

The council will also be supporting events by loaning ‘Road Closed’ signs and basic traffic management free of charge on a first-come first served basis.

For further advice please contact Middlesbrough Council on 01642 726001.

Useful links

Find out more and apply for a road closure.

Government guide on street parties 

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