Wiganers in jubilee mood

Jane Backland, left, and Lucy Cattle, of Coco Cakes, Wigan Lane, with their Queen's Diamond Jubilee cup cakes and (below) Queen's Diamond Jubilee 'Royal Cake Off' and community coffee morning at St Cuthbert's Catholic Primary School, Norley Hall

Jane Backland, left, and Lucy Cattle, of Coco Cakes, Wigan Lane, with their Queen's Diamond Jubilee cup cakes and (below) Queen's Diamond Jubilee 'Royal Cake Off' and community coffee morning at St Cuthbert's Catholic Primary School, Norley Hall

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THERE is no shortage of patriotism in the borough as residents of more than 40 streets prepare to throw parties to mark the Queen’s Jubilee.

Across the festival weekend dozens of neighbourhoods are coming together to mark the historic event, which for many of us will only be seen once in our lifetimes.

There will be road closures on 41 streets across three days, but there are likely to be many more parties going on that do not require the streets to be shut off to traffic.

On Saturday June 2 three roads will be closed, followed by 14 on the Sunday and the remaining 24 on Monday, which is when most of the celebrations across the borough will be taking place.

Those residents that wanted their roads closed off had to apply to Wigan Council for special permission to do so.

And one street that is already well prepared for the day is Foundry Lane in Highfield.

Residents have teamed up to arrange a street party for the first time and the occasion, they say, has highlighted the strength of community spirit in the area.

Lindsey Maiden, who is one of the organisers, said: “I have lived on the street for about seven years and we have never done anything like this before.

“It started out just as an idea, but I was really surprised by people’s response and how enthusiastic everybody was about having a street party for the Diamond Jubilee.

“In any street you generally only speak to the people you know but this whole process has really brought us all together as a community.

“Even people who are not here on the day have changed their plans to come back early so they can be part of the party.

“It will bring people of all ages together and I have two children Isabel, five, and Erin, two, so it will be something really brilliant for the children to look back on as it is a wonderful piece of history.”

On the day Lindsey, 31, anticipates that more than 40 people will be around to enjoy the festivities with lots of children who live on the street as well as the grandchildren of the older generations that live there. Since the Royal Wedding last year street parties have really seen a revival and that has been shown by just how many have been organised across the borough.