There’s nothing like a royal celebration to bring out the great British party spirit. According to the BBC, Wandsworth is set to have the most official Diamond Jubilee street parties in London, leading the way with 164 council approved road closures – one more than Richmond.
The number of planned street parties represents double the number held to celebrate last year’s royal wedding with residents being encouraged by Wandsworth Council’s decision to waive its normal road closure fee.
There are street parties planned across London, from Camden to Southwark and Wandsworth to West Ham, providing communities with a great opportunity to get together with friends and families in a safe, traffic-free environment for games and entertainment.
There is a long history of street parties in England and Wales stemming back to the 1919 “Peace Teas” which celebrated the signing of the Treaty of Versailles after World War One. Since then, other notable street parties have included:
• 1935 Silver Jubilee of George_V
• 1937 Coronation of King George VI
• 1945 VE Day
• 1951 Festival of Britain
• 1953 Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II
• 1966 World Cup Victory
• 1977 Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II
• 1981 Wedding of Prince Charles and Diana
• 2000 The Millennium
• 2002 Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II
• 2011 Wedding of Prince William and Catherine
But how things have changed. At the time of the Queen’s Coronation in 1953, food was still being rationed after World War II, and households were allocated an extra pound of sugar and 4oz of margarine to mark the occasion. Fortunately, 60 years on, the tradition is as strong as ever and, while there are no restrictions to limit the scope of the celebrations, there remains a retro feel to many of the events.
So with the Jubilee just around the corner, it’s time to pay a visit to your ABC Selfstore unit to collect the flags and bunting, banners, trestle tables, table cloths, chairs and enough cutlery, crockery and glasses to set up ready for a right royal feast!
It might be a few years until the next momentous occasion provides an excuse for another street party – perhaps the marriage of Prince Harry or a baby for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge? Who knows? But whatever the event, the good news is that there will be others to come so any investment in street party ‘kit’ is never a waste of funds.
If you’re struggling for somewhere to store you tables and chairs and other jubilee paraphernalia until the next celebration, ABC Selfstore’s sites in Wandsworth, Camden and Southwark are there to help you out with all your storage needs, however great or small.