100 South Yorkshire parties for Queen’s Jubilee

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NEARLY 100 street parties will set South Yorkshire celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee next month.

The deadline has now passed for applications for road closures to allow street parties to be staged - and 56 are set to be held in Sheffield alone.

A further 18 will be staged in Rotherham and 11 in Barnsley.

In Doncaster, nine parties are confirmed - and 30 more groups have made expressions of interest.

If all the events go ahead, there will be at least 124 street parties across the county - plus many more events in schools and community centres.

Hundreds of informal events involving groups of friends and neighbours are also expected to be arranged.

Business leaders in Sheffield say the four-day holiday weekend from Saturday, June 2, to Tuesday, June 5, will be a boost for retail and leisure companies.

But they admitted other businesses such as heavy industry could ‘suffer’ extra costs.

Richard Wright, executive director of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, said: “The two-day bank holiday will be good and bad for business depending on the sector.

“For retail and leisure, the celebration will be of benefit as more people will be off work spending money in shops, pubs and restaurants. The event will generate a feel good factor.

“But businesses such as heavy industry, which have to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, will suffer. They can’t close during the bank holiday and will have to pay premium rates for staff, and offer days in lieu. This will ultimately cost money.”

Among the Sheffield residents organising parties is Winnie Smith of Arbourthorne Tenants’ and Residents’ Association.

“Even people who are quite republican in their views are coming along because they like the Queen,” she said.

“It’s also an excuse for a big celebration in times when there is not much good news.

“We originally wanted to close East Bank Road for a huge street party but the council wouldn’t let us because it is a main road, so we are holding an event at the community centre instead on June 2.

“We are hoping as many as 70 people will come along.”

Linda Avis, warden at Gower Street old folks’ housing complex in Wombwell, is hosting a street party on May 31.

She said: “We’re having a table top sale, bingo, a raffle and tombola. A lot of the residents are quite elderly - one is 98 - and they love the Royal family.”