Street party excitement for Diamond Jubilee

Street Party Fourfields, Bamber Bridge
Street Party Fourfields, Bamber Bridge
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More than 30 street parties are being planned across Chorley and South Ribble to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee next month.

Chorley Council has received 18 applications and 14 have been sent to South Ribble Council so far.

The special extended weekend to mark the Queen’s 60 years on the throne takes place from Friday, June 1, to Monday, June 4, and community leaders, landlords and business owners are also making preparations for the occasion.

To kick-start the events, the Olympic Torch will be carried through Chorley from 7.20am, Euxton from 7.55am and Croston from 8.15am on Friday, and people are advised to arrive at their chosen locations approximately an hour before the Olympic Flame is due to be there.

On Saturday, the annual Picnic in the Park will take place in Astley Park from 12 noon until 5pm.

This year it will be a celebration of the Olympic Torch coming to the Chorley borough and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

People are invited bring their picnic, family and friends to enjoy an afternoon of sports activities, street theatre performances, the opportunity to tour Astley Hall, face-painters and much more.

On Sunday, people can join the new Mayor of Chorley and line the town centre for the annual Civic Sunday parade, which this year will also celebrate and honour the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The parade will set off at 1.30pm from Chorley Town Hall and will be followed by a special service at 2pm at St Laurence’s Church on Union Street.

The deadline for street party applications in Chorley is Friday, May 18. Forms are available from

In Leyland, visit and search ‘Organising street parties’.

More information on the Olympic Torch, including the route the Torchbearers will take, is available at