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Big party is planned

A party atmosphere is expected to take over in Leighton Buzzard to mark the Diamond Jubilee.

Leighton-Linslade Town Council is throwing a huge free party to mark the Queen’s 60th anniversary on the throne.

The event will take place on June 4 in the town centre and will include live music, dancing, competitions for all the family, a Dog Show, classic car display and fun events such as a tug of war.

And residents are being urged to hang up their bunting and throw their own traditional street parties to celebrate the event.

Central Bedfordshire Council is hoping to encourage people to organise celebrations during the extended weekend of June 2-5, by offering to waive the usual fees involved with road closures.

The council has made a traffic order to cover the whole district, meaning that charges usually paid by organisers will instead be covered by the council. Party organisers will still need to apply to have roads closed for their event, but will not have to pay.

Cllr Brian Spurr, executive member for sustainable communities services at the council, said: “We are asking people who organise a street party to get in contact with us and tell us what roads they would like to close, and how long they will be closed for.

“There are some circumstances where an application would need to be made, but the sooner people get in touch, the quicker we can get the ball rolling.

“We want to make sure all residents can enjoy the celebrations and one way of ensuring this and making organisers’ jobs a lot easier is to cut the amount of red tape that can surround such events.”

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