A LOCAL authority boss is urging residents to hold street parties and luncheons to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Blackburn along with the leader of Darwen Council, Cllr Mohammed Khan encourages its citizens to celebrate the occasion in style during the special bank holiday long weekend from Thursday 2nd June to Sunday 5th June.
In a report to his fellow councillors, he said: “The borough is gearing up for a long weekend of celebrations to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June.
“A series of activities are planned as the Queen becomes the first monarch to reign for 70 years.
“The talented Blackburn artist Jamie Holman has been commissioned to create a new Jubilee-marking masterpiece and we can’t wait to see his work at Blackburn.
“We are also helping Darwen Scouts organize a beacon lighting at Darwen’s Jubilee Tower.
“We will hold a competition to decide who will light the beacon.
“Blackburn and Darwen town centers will both be dressed for the occasion with banners and new Jubilee-themed plantings.
“A ‘Last Night of the Proms’ celebration and Darwen Live will take place among a long list of community-organized events in the borough over the weekend.
“We are also encouraging residents to get together with friends, family and neighbors to hold a ‘Big Jubilee Luncheon’ and street parties.
“We are sharing planning guides for residents, including details on road closures and more.
“Tree planting will be encouraged through the official Queen’s Green Canopy Scheme.
“Blackburn is also, of course, a candidate for city status under Jubilee honors and we look forward to a decision on whether we have been successful this spring.”