MILES of bunting and flag-waving revellers will fill Surrey's roads over the Diamond Jubilee Bank Holiday - with the county set to hold among the most street parties than other counties in the UK.
Some 419 road closures for Jubilee knees-ups will be in place across Surrey, which means the county ranks second only to Hertfordshire, which has 451 closures for street parties.
Surrey's borough of Elmbridge has the county's highest registered jubilee road closures with 68 approved applications, winning it the unofficial title of the county's most patriotic place.
Elmbridge Borough Council leader councillor John O'Reilly said: "Elmbridge had record numbers of street parties for the Royal wedding last year and we hope that again our communities will celebrate this momentous event.
"It's the perfect opportunity to meet up with neighbours, friends and family and have fun come rain or shine."
Residents in Waverley are set to hold the second highest amount of street parties in the county, with 63 road closures.
But bottom of the list is Spelthorne borough where 21 applications were lodged for street party road closures.
Guildford residents applied for 31 road closures for parties and Runnymede Borough Council received 37 applications.
Around Woking 45 roads are set to be closed and around Surrey Heath there will be 26 road closures.
Epsom and Ewell Borough Council has 42 registered street parties taking place, Tandridge District Council has 25 and Mole Valley District Council has 46.
There have been 30 applications for street parties around Reigate and Banstead.
Surrey County Council leader David Hodge said the authority had made it easier for people to plan parties for the Jubilee weekend.
Mr Hodge said: "I can't think of a better way to mark 60 years of the Queen's reign than spending the day celebrating with neighbours or friends and I have asked our highways teams go out of their way to help make this happen.
"To help people turn party plans into reality we've made it simpler and quicker to apply for a road closure but of course there will be some cases where the potential effect on the emergency services means we have to ensure safety is not compromised."
Weather forecasters have predicted rain over the Bank Holiday on Sunday and Monday for many parts of Surrey, but turnout for street parties across the county is expected to remain high.
Article from Matt Collison – Surrey Today
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