JUBILEE excitement is gripping Hillingdon with applications for 109 street parties.

Celebrations are to be held across the borough to mark the Queen’s 60th year as monarch – and the borough is playing its part to ensure the party goes with a swing by waiving any fees for closing roads.

Hillingdon closed 32 streets for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton last year, but this year’s figure is more than triple that.

Experienced party organisers Graham Smith and Graham Odell are preparing for their event, after planning St George’s Day events in South Ruislip for five years, and a street party for the royal wedding last year.

“We have done mail drops to get everyone interested in the street party,” said Mr Smith. “Everyone has bought back into it. It’s been great.

“The council has also been really fantastic and given us a lot of help.”

Their party is to be held on Monday, June 4 in Hillcroft Crescent.

Mr Smith said the day’s events would include tug-of-war, yards of ale, egg and spoon races and a prize for the best-dressed person.

“We are asking £10 from each household, to pay for bunting, raffle prizes, entertainment and music system hire, so that we have things in place for the day,” added Mr Smith.

“About 300-400 people turned out for our royal wedding street party last year and we raised about £250 for Help for Heroes, as well as everyone having a good time.”

This year, proceeds will either go to the Royal British Legion or Help for Heroes.

Hillcroft Crescent will be closed at 8am, with the street party running from around midday unto 10.30 – 11pm.

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