Sussex residents plan street parties for royal wedding

The Argus: PARTY: Residents are planning street parties to mark the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton PARTY: Residents are planning street parties to mark the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton

Thousands of people across Sussex are already preparing to take to the streets for the royal wedding.

Residents up and down the county are in discussions about arranging street parties to celebrate the marriage of Prince William to Kate Middleton.

Experts believe the scale of the festivities is predicted to match or exceed those held to mark the wedding of the Prince of Wales to Lady Diana Spencer.

They say that social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter will make it easier for organisers to keep in touch and ask for help.

But councils are warning people to ensure they apply early for the relevant paperwork which allows them to legally close their roads.

Residents in Osborne Villas, Hove, are among the first to begin plans for an event.

Resident Robert Nemeth, 30, said: “It is a friendly street anyway and everyone I have spoken to sees this as a great way to be even more neighbourly. I can't wait.”

About 10 million people nationally attended street parties to mark the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977.

Chris Gettings, director of campaign group Streets Alive, believes a similar number will replicate the festivities on April 29.

A Brighton and Hove City Council spokeswoman confirmed it was expecting to have some guidance for residents on what to do in the New Year.

In the case of two-tier councils, the responsibility of road closure orders could fall on either the county or the borough/district authority.

Worthing Borough Council said all applications must be made at least 30 working days before the event and urged any group to take out public liability insurance to provide cover.

Lewes District Council requests eight weeks while Mid Sussex District Council asked for six weeks so it could consult with police and other bodies.

An Eastbourne Borough Council spokesman said: “If a number of similar requests for road closures are received at the same time the six week time-scale could be longer.

“We would like to stress that to avoid disappointment please leave plenty of time for your application to be processed.”

For more details email contact@streetsalive.org.uk or call 0117 922 5708.

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7:37pm Mon 27 Dec 10

Ballroom Blitz says...

Not in our street if I have anything to do with it.
Why? Has the whole country gone mad?
Not in our street if I have anything to do with it. Why? Has the whole country gone mad? Ballroom Blitz

8:15pm Mon 27 Dec 10

cricketpicket says...

Should the top of this photo have been cut off before printing?
Should the top of this photo have been cut off before printing? cricketpicket

8:56pm Mon 27 Dec 10

EroThraX says...

Ballroom Blitz wrote:
Not in our street if I have anything to do with it.
Why? Has the whole country gone mad?
Gone Mad? I would say that it's quite the opposite.

People have been hosting street parties for royal events for yonks, this is nothing new.
[quote][p][bold]Ballroom Blitz[/bold] wrote: Not in our street if I have anything to do with it. Why? Has the whole country gone mad?[/p][/quote]Gone Mad? I would say that it's quite the opposite. People have been hosting street parties for royal events for yonks, this is nothing new. EroThraX

10:03pm Mon 27 Dec 10

In the sticks says...

cricketpicket wrote:
Should the top of this photo have been cut off before printing?
Where? Just above the neck?
[quote][p][bold]cricketpicket[/bold] wrote: Should the top of this photo have been cut off before printing?[/p][/quote]Where? Just above the neck? In the sticks

10:16pm Mon 27 Dec 10

cricketpicket says...

In the sticks wrote:
cricketpicket wrote:
Should the top of this photo have been cut off before printing?
Where? Just above the neck?
I'll set them up....
[quote][p][bold]In the sticks[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cricketpicket[/bold] wrote: Should the top of this photo have been cut off before printing?[/p][/quote]Where? Just above the neck?[/p][/quote]I'll set them up.... cricketpicket

11:04pm Mon 27 Dec 10

withn says...

He's bald like me so go for it otherwise next year the second heir to the throne will have to pose for the cameras bald.

It's a shame really as the brace on his lower teeth could give way anytime.

This pair are distantly related too (discussion on previous royal family thread).
He's bald like me so go for it otherwise next year the second heir to the throne will have to pose for the cameras bald. It's a shame really as the brace on his lower teeth could give way anytime. This pair are distantly related too (discussion on previous royal family thread). withn

12:23am Tue 28 Dec 10

lordenglandofsussex says...

Ballroom Blitz wrote:
Not in our street if I have anything to do with it.
Why? Has the whole country gone mad?
What a little British hater you are. Go suck on red and black tricolour.
[quote][p][bold]Ballroom Blitz[/bold] wrote: Not in our street if I have anything to do with it. Why? Has the whole country gone mad?[/p][/quote]What a little British hater you are. Go suck on red and black tricolour. lordenglandofsussex

6:38am Tue 28 Dec 10

Angryoldman says...

"and urged any group to take out public liability insurance to provide cover"
Red tape will ruin any attempt to have a little party in your street for sure.
The council will for a huge charge have to send inspectors to check your bunting or lights. Environmental health to check the ingredients of the old biddies rock cakes to make sure their nut free, and cooked in inspected kitchens. Hoards of overpaid and unnecessary officials to make sure you are inviting every creed race and religion in the correct numbers. You will be labelled a racist if you don’t.
The whole thing is going to be a nightmare to arrange purely because those at the town hall will make it a nightmare.
They always wheel a couple of royals out for a wedding when the country is on its knees. Its meant to make us all feel better. Its a con that works for the stupid public. And i will be sick to the stomach having it rammed down my throat on the TV and in every paper from now till then and after.
The whole thing is a social experiment to fool the gullible public as they lose their NHS and welfare state and jobs.
Bleat bleat bleat " all in this together" bleat, bleat bleat, bleat. Royal baby name competition. bleat bleat bleat.
"and urged any group to take out public liability insurance to provide cover" Red tape will ruin any attempt to have a little party in your street for sure. The council will for a huge charge have to send inspectors to check your bunting or lights. Environmental health to check the ingredients of the old biddies rock cakes to make sure their nut free, and cooked in inspected kitchens. Hoards of overpaid and unnecessary officials to make sure you are inviting every creed race and religion in the correct numbers. You will be labelled a racist if you don’t. The whole thing is going to be a nightmare to arrange purely because those at the town hall will make it a nightmare. They always wheel a couple of royals out for a wedding when the country is on its knees. Its meant to make us all feel better. Its a con that works for the stupid public. And i will be sick to the stomach having it rammed down my throat on the TV and in every paper from now till then and after. The whole thing is a social experiment to fool the gullible public as they lose their NHS and welfare state and jobs. Bleat bleat bleat " all in this together" bleat, bleat bleat, bleat. Royal baby name competition. bleat bleat bleat. Angryoldman

8:21am Tue 28 Dec 10

adorable says...

How I agree with theangryoldman. If they want us to celebrate this wretched event then they should pay us to do so as we have little enough to live on anyway.
Chrstmas was expensive enough just buying the basics.
How I agree with theangryoldman. If they want us to celebrate this wretched event then they should pay us to do so as we have little enough to live on anyway. Chrstmas was expensive enough just buying the basics. adorable

10:32am Tue 28 Dec 10

Ballroom Blitz says...

lordenglandofsussex wrote:
Ballroom Blitz wrote: Not in our street if I have anything to do with it. Why? Has the whole country gone mad?
What a little British hater you are. Go suck on red and black tricolour.
British hater? Not at all.
You are confusing that with a dislike of overprivileged royal parasites.
Not the same thing.
I have lived in this country all my life, and I am utterly sick of the fawning, deferential attitude that so many people exhibit when talking about this 'family'.
Luckily, I live in a country where it is my right to have whatever opinion I like. And that's why I would far rather live here than, say the USA.
[quote][p][bold]lordenglandofsussex[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ballroom Blitz[/bold] wrote: Not in our street if I have anything to do with it. Why? Has the whole country gone mad?[/p][/quote]What a little British hater you are. Go suck on red and black tricolour.[/p][/quote]British hater? Not at all. You are confusing that with a dislike of overprivileged royal parasites. Not the same thing. I have lived in this country all my life, and I am utterly sick of the fawning, deferential attitude that so many people exhibit when talking about this 'family'. Luckily, I live in a country where it is my right to have whatever opinion I like. And that's why I would far rather live here than, say the USA. Ballroom Blitz

10:41am Tue 28 Dec 10

Mr Tom Gimpe says...

Be a good reason to deck out all our streets with Union Flags !! Lovely jubbly !!!
Be a good reason to deck out all our streets with Union Flags !! Lovely jubbly !!! Mr Tom Gimpe

10:57am Tue 28 Dec 10

sussexbornandbred says...

lets see the whole place covered in UK flags for this one! yippeeee
lets see the whole place covered in UK flags for this one! yippeeee sussexbornandbred

11:02am Tue 28 Dec 10

Ian B Brewers says...

I fly both the union jack and the st. george flag all year round mates i think more ppl should do this and show how loyal we all are
I fly both the union jack and the st. george flag all year round mates i think more ppl should do this and show how loyal we all are Ian B Brewers

11:08am Tue 28 Dec 10

bucko_bebucko says...

"flying the flag" is deemed as "racist" by some very strange people -- i don't think people should take any notice of them.
I it gets up their noses seeing royal street parties & flags flying - too bad, get over yourselves!
"flying the flag" is deemed as "racist" by some very strange people -- i don't think people should take any notice of them. I it gets up their noses seeing royal street parties & flags flying - too bad, get over yourselves! bucko_bebucko

11:18am Tue 28 Dec 10

hunningham cunningham says...

bucko_bebucko wrote:
"flying the flag" is deemed as "racist" by some very strange people -- i don't think people should take any notice of them. I it gets up their noses seeing royal street parties & flags flying - too bad, get over yourselves!
i fail to see how our flag could be deemed ''racist'........tot
al rubbish! the only people who would spout such garbage are those that inwardly ''hate'' our country, dont get me wrong.......im no 'royalist' and sometmes i think some of them need a check/up from the neck/up and need a reality check with todays modern britain.......but i'll defend the right of any person in this country to fly the flag whenever they want without the interference of troublemakers!
[quote][p][bold]bucko_bebucko[/bold] wrote: "flying the flag" is deemed as "racist" by some very strange people -- i don't think people should take any notice of them. I it gets up their noses seeing royal street parties & flags flying - too bad, get over yourselves![/p][/quote]i fail to see how our flag could be deemed ''racist'........tot al rubbish! the only people who would spout such garbage are those that inwardly ''hate'' our country, dont get me wrong.......im no 'royalist' and sometmes i think some of them need a check/up from the neck/up and need a reality check with todays modern britain.......but i'll defend the right of any person in this country to fly the flag whenever they want without the interference of troublemakers! hunningham cunningham

11:43am Tue 28 Dec 10

sparky_2004 says...

Angryoldman wrote:
"and urged any group to take out public liability insurance to provide cover"
Red tape will ruin any attempt to have a little party in your street for sure.
The council will for a huge charge have to send inspectors to check your bunting or lights. Environmental health to check the ingredients of the old biddies rock cakes to make sure their nut free, and cooked in inspected kitchens. Hoards of overpaid and unnecessary officials to make sure you are inviting every creed race and religion in the correct numbers. You will be labelled a racist if you don’t.
The whole thing is going to be a nightmare to arrange purely because those at the town hall will make it a nightmare.
They always wheel a couple of royals out for a wedding when the country is on its knees. Its meant to make us all feel better. Its a con that works for the stupid public. And i will be sick to the stomach having it rammed down my throat on the TV and in every paper from now till then and after.
The whole thing is a social experiment to fool the gullible public as they lose their NHS and welfare state and jobs.
Bleat bleat bleat " all in this together" bleat, bleat bleat, bleat. Royal baby name competition. bleat bleat bleat.
Whilst I share your scepticism about our royal scroungers, you are wrong about the council and street parties, here at least.
All you have to do is get a 'road closure' pack, and fill in one side of an A4 sheet.
Details on how to make your own signs etc are included. This is free. There are no inspections per se, and £5m liability insurance will cost approx £80. The only charge that may occur is if parking regs need changing - but then that's charged by a private company, so no surprise there!
[quote][p][bold]Angryoldman[/bold] wrote: "and urged any group to take out public liability insurance to provide cover" Red tape will ruin any attempt to have a little party in your street for sure. The council will for a huge charge have to send inspectors to check your bunting or lights. Environmental health to check the ingredients of the old biddies rock cakes to make sure their nut free, and cooked in inspected kitchens. Hoards of overpaid and unnecessary officials to make sure you are inviting every creed race and religion in the correct numbers. You will be labelled a racist if you don’t. The whole thing is going to be a nightmare to arrange purely because those at the town hall will make it a nightmare. They always wheel a couple of royals out for a wedding when the country is on its knees. Its meant to make us all feel better. Its a con that works for the stupid public. And i will be sick to the stomach having it rammed down my throat on the TV and in every paper from now till then and after. The whole thing is a social experiment to fool the gullible public as they lose their NHS and welfare state and jobs. Bleat bleat bleat " all in this together" bleat, bleat bleat, bleat. Royal baby name competition. bleat bleat bleat.[/p][/quote]Whilst I share your scepticism about our royal scroungers, you are wrong about the council and street parties, here at least. All you have to do is get a 'road closure' pack, and fill in one side of an A4 sheet. Details on how to make your own signs etc are included. This is free. There are no inspections per se, and £5m liability insurance will cost approx £80. The only charge that may occur is if parking regs need changing - but then that's charged by a private company, so no surprise there! sparky_2004

12:18pm Tue 28 Dec 10

I love Sussex says...

Angryoldman wrote:
"and urged any group to take out public liability insurance to provide cover"
Red tape will ruin any attempt to have a little party in your street for sure.
The council will for a huge charge have to send inspectors to check your bunting or lights. Environmental health to check the ingredients of the old biddies rock cakes to make sure their nut free, and cooked in inspected kitchens. Hoards of overpaid and unnecessary officials to make sure you are inviting every creed race and religion in the correct numbers. You will be labelled a racist if you don’t.
The whole thing is going to be a nightmare to arrange purely because those at the town hall will make it a nightmare.
They always wheel a couple of royals out for a wedding when the country is on its knees. Its meant to make us all feel better. Its a con that works for the stupid public. And i will be sick to the stomach having it rammed down my throat on the TV and in every paper from now till then and after.
The whole thing is a social experiment to fool the gullible public as they lose their NHS and welfare state and jobs.
Bleat bleat bleat " all in this together" bleat, bleat bleat, bleat. Royal baby name competition. bleat bleat bleat.
This is a fabulously accurate post. Love it
[quote][p][bold]Angryoldman[/bold] wrote: "and urged any group to take out public liability insurance to provide cover" Red tape will ruin any attempt to have a little party in your street for sure. The council will for a huge charge have to send inspectors to check your bunting or lights. Environmental health to check the ingredients of the old biddies rock cakes to make sure their nut free, and cooked in inspected kitchens. Hoards of overpaid and unnecessary officials to make sure you are inviting every creed race and religion in the correct numbers. You will be labelled a racist if you don’t. The whole thing is going to be a nightmare to arrange purely because those at the town hall will make it a nightmare. They always wheel a couple of royals out for a wedding when the country is on its knees. Its meant to make us all feel better. Its a con that works for the stupid public. And i will be sick to the stomach having it rammed down my throat on the TV and in every paper from now till then and after. The whole thing is a social experiment to fool the gullible public as they lose their NHS and welfare state and jobs. Bleat bleat bleat " all in this together" bleat, bleat bleat, bleat. Royal baby name competition. bleat bleat bleat.[/p][/quote]This is a fabulously accurate post. Love it I love Sussex

1:29pm Tue 28 Dec 10

withnoname says...

Bah humbug!!!

Although we are in the midst of a recession,I don,t see why people shouldn,t celebrate such a wonderful occassion even on a shoestring.
When we won WW1 do you think the then public worried about all the extravagances that we take for granted today.I doubt it.Money was tight then but it didn,t stop them having a good time and I dare say patriotism will play very much a part in these celebrations for the fact the Monarchy,are the very establishment that keeps this country ticking over.Without them,we would not generate the revenue to keep tourism and good old blighty going.
Good for those who choose to celebrate.Shows we are not all party poopers.
Bah humbug!!! Although we are in the midst of a recession,I don,t see why people shouldn,t celebrate such a wonderful occassion even on a shoestring. When we won WW1 do you think the then public worried about all the extravagances that we take for granted today.I doubt it.Money was tight then but it didn,t stop them having a good time and I dare say patriotism will play very much a part in these celebrations for the fact the Monarchy,are the very establishment that keeps this country ticking over.Without them,we would not generate the revenue to keep tourism and good old blighty going. Good for those who choose to celebrate.Shows we are not all party poopers. withnoname

1:50pm Tue 28 Dec 10

Granny says...

I agree with the Angryoldman in much of what he says. However, if people want to celebrate, and I for one don't, let them have their fun. There is precious little to celebrate these days anyway, so each to his own.
I agree with the Angryoldman in much of what he says. However, if people want to celebrate, and I for one don't, let them have their fun. There is precious little to celebrate these days anyway, so each to his own. Granny

1:55pm Tue 28 Dec 10

lordenglandofsussex says...

Ballroom Blitz wrote:
lordenglandofsussex wrote:
Ballroom Blitz wrote: Not in our street if I have anything to do with it. Why? Has the whole country gone mad?
What a little British hater you are. Go suck on red and black tricolour.
British hater? Not at all.
You are confusing that with a dislike of overprivileged royal parasites.
Not the same thing.
I have lived in this country all my life, and I am utterly sick of the fawning, deferential attitude that so many people exhibit when talking about this 'family'.
Luckily, I live in a country where it is my right to have whatever opinion I like. And that's why I would far rather live here than, say the USA.
Of course you right and are entitled to your opinion but surely the Royal Family are the least of our problems in this country! I was never an ardent Royalist but now I see them as the last bastion of Britishness when so much has been stolen from us as a native people. They represent one of the last patches of grass that the enemies of this country, from within, cannot !*!@ on.
[quote][p][bold]Ballroom Blitz[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lordenglandofsussex[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ballroom Blitz[/bold] wrote: Not in our street if I have anything to do with it. Why? Has the whole country gone mad?[/p][/quote]What a little British hater you are. Go suck on red and black tricolour.[/p][/quote]British hater? Not at all. You are confusing that with a dislike of overprivileged royal parasites. Not the same thing. I have lived in this country all my life, and I am utterly sick of the fawning, deferential attitude that so many people exhibit when talking about this 'family'. Luckily, I live in a country where it is my right to have whatever opinion I like. And that's why I would far rather live here than, say the USA.[/p][/quote]Of course you right and are entitled to your opinion but surely the Royal Family are the least of our problems in this country! I was never an ardent Royalist but now I see them as the last bastion of Britishness when so much has been stolen from us as a native people. They represent one of the last patches of grass that the enemies of this country, from within, cannot !*!@ on. lordenglandofsussex

1:58pm Tue 28 Dec 10

RoddyG says...

BallroomBlitz sounds like a bitter old party pooper. Sad really but more to be pitied than scorned.
BallroomBlitz sounds like a bitter old party pooper. Sad really but more to be pitied than scorned. RoddyG

3:41pm Tue 28 Dec 10

whatevernext? says...

adorable wrote:
How I agree with theangryoldman. If they want us to celebrate this wretched event then they should pay us to do so as we have little enough to live on anyway. Chrstmas was expensive enough just buying the basics.
Oh dear, there's always someone wants to blame 'they..'
If you can't afford better than just basics, why not work more hours??
Or stock a wider range and increase your turnover??
[quote][p][bold]adorable[/bold] wrote: How I agree with theangryoldman. If they want us to celebrate this wretched event then they should pay us to do so as we have little enough to live on anyway. Chrstmas was expensive enough just buying the basics.[/p][/quote]Oh dear, there's always someone wants to blame 'they..' If you can't afford better than just basics, why not work more hours?? Or stock a wider range and increase your turnover?? whatevernext?

4:29pm Tue 28 Dec 10

Morpheus says...

It is a pity they didn't get married last week. There was no traffic in our road because the council failed to grit it. We could have held a party every day without any problems of getting approval for road closure.
It is a pity they didn't get married last week. There was no traffic in our road because the council failed to grit it. We could have held a party every day without any problems of getting approval for road closure. Morpheus

4:52pm Tue 28 Dec 10

Christophe Hawtree says...

Surely Brighton should be in the business of holding Royal Divorce street parties?
Surely Brighton should be in the business of holding Royal Divorce street parties? Christophe Hawtree

1:02am Wed 29 Dec 10

peter pumpkineater says...

Oh, that's me getting it all wrong again, I thought that pic was an advert for a new series of that old tv. show favourite 'Spitting Image'!
Are those actual people, or an early, but very rough attempt by Madame Tussauds for next year's halloween celebrations?
Anyone got a handful of sugar cubes
they look hungry!
Oh, that's me getting it all wrong again, I thought that pic was an advert for a new series of that old tv. show favourite 'Spitting Image'! Are those actual people, or an early, but very rough attempt by Madame Tussauds for next year's halloween celebrations? Anyone got a handful of sugar cubes they look hungry! peter pumpkineater

11:53am Wed 29 Dec 10

Ballroom Blitz says...

RoddyG wrote:
BallroomBlitz sounds like a bitter old party pooper. Sad really but more to be pitied than scorned.
Wrong.
I love a party.
I don't have any time for the sponging royal family though.
Two entirely different things.
[quote][p][bold]RoddyG[/bold] wrote: BallroomBlitz sounds like a bitter old party pooper. Sad really but more to be pitied than scorned.[/p][/quote]Wrong. I love a party. I don't have any time for the sponging royal family though. Two entirely different things. Ballroom Blitz

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