Street party cash for Jubilee

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COMMUNITY groups can bid for a share of £21,000 of funding to help celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this June.

Wakefield Council has been allocated £21,000 from the Queens Diamond Jubilee Fund to support street parties and commemorative events taking place between June 1 and 4.

Each ward has been allocated £1,000, and community groups are invited to apply for up to £500 in funding.

Grants will predominantly be made to or through registered groups or organisations, but anyone can contact the council to see if they are eligible.

Coun Maureen Cummings, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for communities and environment, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to get involved and celebrate together, although times are tough, we can still achieve a lot.

“These grants provide an exciting chance for residents to join thousands of people all across the district and get involved in planning and holding a street party or event in their area.”

Wakefield Council will also be holding their own celebrations, including a beacon lighting ceremony at Pontefract Castle on Monday June 4. During the day there will be a ‘Picnic at the Castle’, from 11- 4pm, - a family event with free entertainment.

A Prom will take place at the castle that evening, with fireworks and the beacon lighting.

Events are also planned in Hemsworth and South Elmsall organised by town councils.

For more information on the fund or to register interest in applying, please e-mail or ring 01924 305333.

l Do you have an event planned to celebrate the jubilee?

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