Published: Tuesday, 26th Apr 2022

There is still time to plan a Jubilee street party as Bolton gets ready to celebrate the special bank holiday weekend with a concert, a community picnic and much more.

More than 60 neighbourhoods have already taken up Bolton Council’s offer to waive the £1,094 street closure fees for parties over the four day weekend of June 2-5.

Residents have until the deadline this Friday (April 29) to fill out an application form on the council website.

Parties will be held right across the borough with the council also organising a special series of celebrations in the town centre itself.

The Decades of Music concert will take place in Victoria Square on the Friday (June 3) from noon until 10pm.

Featuring tributes to everything from The Beatles to Britpop, the free event will celebrate the very best music from across the Queen’s historic 70-year reign.

The music of Amy Winehouse, Boy George, The Who, The Spice Girls and Elton John will complete a line-up that is sure to offer something for all music lovers.

Everyone is encouraged to enter the spirit of the occasion by dressing like it’s the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s or 2010s.

That will be followed by the very special Picnic on the Square in Victoria Square on the Saturday (June 4) from noon to 6pm.

Musical accompaniment will be provided by Starlight Swing Orchestra, Eagley Brass Band and Phoenix Knights of Harmony.

Crowds can also enjoy street theatre and dance performances, including Bhangra and Bollywood style.

Both events will feature a bar and food stalls with activities for children and young people.

Alongside these celebrations, Bolton will join with over 1,500 locations across the UK with a beacon lighting ceremony at the Parish Church at 9.15pm on the Thursday (June 2).

Sunday June 5 will see a civic procession starting from Bolton Town Hall at 2.10pm and heading to the Parish Church.

A spokesperson for Bolton Council said:

“This will be a historic occasion as we celebrate the Queen and her 70 years of service to the country.

“As a council we want to do all we can to make sure people can enjoy a truly memorable four-day weekend.

“We hope residents will join us for these exciting town centre events as well as joining their neighbours for a traditional Jubilee street party.”