Royal Wedding Street Party anyone?
By HitchinPeople | Tuesday, March 01, 2011, 20:10
The much loved, even if currently a little forgotten, British
tradition of street parties has a long and colourful history. Street parties as
we know them seem to have started in 1919. They were held in July as 'Peace
Teas' as a genuine celebration of the signing earlier in June of the Versailles
peace treaty after the First World War.
Since then, the most common cause for residents to ‘celebrate
in the street’ has been a Royal occasion.
The Royal Wedding on 29th April 2011 is the
perfect excuse to bring back street parties and show a new generation of
children what community spirit and a ‘good old knees up’ is really about.
So what if you want to close down street in Hitchin and
celebrate on the 29th April? What red tape forms, risk assessments
and licences are you going to have fill in and acquire? Answer – NONE!
Amazingly, Hertfordshire County Council’s advice about organising
your own street party is a simple three words “Just do it!”. Working with central government they have
made it (relatively) easy to organise and have waived all of the normal road
closure charges. So, after the completion
of just one form you can get on with making the cucumber sandwiches and
To make sure your party fits the criteria of a ‘small street
party’ it needs to be:
For residents/neighbours only
Publicised to residents only
For parties that fit this criteria the Council have advised
that no licence will normally be necessary if music is incidental and no
selling is involved and no formal risk assessment is needed. You will need to give them 4-6 weeks notice
and that street parties do not include activities that need a licence, such as
selling alcohol or providing certain types of entertainment.
For more information you can look over the guide Hertfordshire County Council have issued or to apply to hold a party, download
the application form here, fill it in, sign and return it. Simples!
If you are having your own street party please let us know
how it goes and share some of the pictures with us.