Sunday lunch in the park to celebrate jubilee

Park ‘street party’ plans taking shape in Barnstaple.

A SUNDAY lunch with a difference is being organised in Barnstaple to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Barnstaple Lions Club and Barnstaple Town Council are inviting people in the town to mark the occasion with a right royal knees-up in Rock Park.

The Big Sunday Lunch is being planned for Sunday, June 3 and Lions president Andy Shiner hopes the picnic-style event will prove the perfect get-together for friends and families.

“The event is in the early planning stages but it will be similar to the popular Picnic in the Park events that we have held in recent years,” said Mr Shiner.

“We will be providing some food and entertainment and will be releasing more details as and when we are able.”

The town council’s Rock Park Trust management committee gave the plans their backing at a meeting on Wednesday.

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The council said it had already received a number of calls from residents’ groups and individuals looking to hold street party-style jubilee celebrations in Rock Park.

Last year around 80 Royal Wedding street parties were held across the county and Devon County Council is offering a free application service to make it as easy as possible for people to hold similar events to commemorate the jubilee.

Street party organisers can apply to the county council for a temporary Traffic Regulation Order to close a minor road during the extended Bank Holiday weekend, free of charge.

Especially for the event, the notice period for closures has been reduced from three months to six weeks, and applications need to be submitted by Friday, April 20.

For an application form, email, visit or telephone the county council on 0845 1551004.

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