07 January 2011

A special pack to help neighbourhoods, villages and communities kick off their planning for a Royal Wedding street party or fete this year has been launched by Northamptonshire County Council.

The information, which can be found at www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/royalwedding, includes details of how people can set up celebration events to mark the wedding of Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton in April, and gives advice on who to speak to and what licences, permissions and insurances are and aren’t needed to hold such an event.

This special section of the council’s website will be added to over the coming weeks and months and at the time of the wedding will be used for people to publish the pictures of their street parties.

Cabinet member for Cabinet Member for Strategy, Communications and External Relations Cllr David Mackintosh said: “Northamptonshire has a proud and close relationship with Prince William because of the Spencer family. Likewise the county has a proud history of celebrating royal events such as this. We thought it was important that as a county council we did everything we could to make sure people across the county feel equipped and able to organise their own celebration events for the wedding.

“Organising something like a street party or a fete can seem very overwhelming with lots of conflicting advice about what permissions are needed, what insurance is required and what licences should be obtained. The idea of this pack is to put all this information in one place to make it straightforward and easy for anyone wanting to get their community together to celebrate the big day.

“Also over the coming weeks and months this section of our website will be developed with all kinds of features and activities to help the county really celebrate in style.”

The pack of information has been put together at zero cost to the council.