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Brits Warned That Their Jubilee Street Party Could Be Illegal

Anish Vij

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Brits Warned That Their Jubilee Street Party Could Be Illegal

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Brits have been warned that their Jubilee Street party ahead of the four-day bank-holiday could be deemed illegal.

The holiday marks the Queen's 70-year reign over the UK, and many get-togethers are, of course, expected to take place.

While millions of people await their mega four-day bender, only 16,000 official street party applications have been approved so far, reports The Sun.

Basically, it's an illegal offence to obstruct any public right of passage when hosting a street party.

Roads and pavements must not be inaccessible, and live music is also not allowed.

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

LGA Chairman Cllr James Jamieson, chairman of the Local Government Association, said: "Councils are pulling out all the stops to help their communities celebrate a historic day for our country, whether it be approving thousands of local road closures for free or putting on big community events of their own.

"A huge number of applications for street parties have been received, and councils need to balance supporting as many residents as possible while ensuring events that do take place are set up and run safely.

"With the day fast-approaching, anyone who has yet to submit their application should contact their council as soon as possible."

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

Technology Minister Chris Philp also spoke about councils warning the public against hosting unauthorised Platinum Jubilee street celebrations this week.

Mr Philp told Sky News: “I think it is fantastic we are celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee, and I would just say to local councils around the country, including mine in Croydon, if you do get a late application, and maybe the deadline has technically passed, I would just say to the councils to show a little bit of flexibility, show a little bit of willingness to accommodate people.

“And if you are at all able to, please do grant these requests, even if they are maybe technically after the deadline.”

Licences are not required if people are sharing alcohol and food with neighbours and friends free of charge during the parties.

However, you must have a licence if people want to:

  • Sell alcohol
  • Sell food and drink after 11pm
  • Plan to charge for an event, which involves tickets being sold, such as live music or a play.

Meanwhile, the Gambling Commission says: “Tickets can only be sold at the location of the event and whilst the event is taking place. You can’t sell tickets online (which includes social media) or in advance of the event.

“You can take up to a maximum of £500 from proceeds to pay for prizes. Prizes can also be donated – there isn’t a limit on how much donated prizes can cost.

“You can either do the lottery draw during or after the event.

“We recommend that you make it clear to participants when you’ll be announcing the result.”

Topics: Food And Drink, The Queen, UK News

Anish Vij
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