Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Now London Boroughs Join Snub to the Royal Jubilee

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Now London Boroughs Join Snub to the Royal Jubilee

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Byline: HUMFREY HUNTER;RACHEL RICHARDSON

LONDONERS may be forced to travel across the capital if they want to celebrate the Queen's golden jubilee.

While some councils have organised major events including days of dancing parties, music and exhibitions as well as processions and food festivals, others have no plans to put together their own events.

The Evening Standard revealed yesterday that Brighton and Hove, granted city status by Her Majesty last year, was not planning to mark the jubilee officially. Now our survey of London boroughs has found huge differences.

Newham plans four nights of music and dancing. A Bollywood concert, a Caribbean night, a performance by the Glen Miller Orchestra and a classical prom night will be followed by a firework finale, while grants of up to [pound]750 are available for street parties.

Kingston will have a special church service. Bell-ringing will follow, and a procession through the town will finish on a local recreation area, where a fair will open.

Merton plans a huge free concert in Morden Park and an International Festival of Food. But a spokesman for Islington council said: "We are not planning on doing anything corporately. We have no events planned for the year and we are not proposing any big events."

Instead the council is making money available for which community groups can apply to run their own events.

Croydon council has no plans to mark the occasion officially. An information pack is being prepared for local residents who want to organise something themselves. A spokesman said there has been no pressure from local people to mark the event and there is no general feeling that people are desperate for the council to plan something.

Senior press officer Maureen Gibbons said: "There has been a feeling that the Government did not want us to organise a major event. …

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