The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in Thanet

On Sunday 6 February, this year, Her Majesty The Queen became the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of service to the UK, the Realms and the Commonwealth.

To celebrate this historic milestone there will be events taking place throughout the UK. Many events will happen during the long Bank Holiday weekend from Thursday 2 June to Sunday 5 June. The four days of celebrations will include public events and community activities, as well as national moments of reflection on The Queen’s 70 years of service.

Ahead of the weekend’s celebrations, Cllr Ash Ashbee, Leader of Thanet District Council said:

“The bank holiday weekend is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate this once in a lifetime milestone and The Queen’s service to this country. I am so pleased that many Isle of Thanet residents have made plans to get together and host street parties, picnics and other celebratory events in recognition of this.

“I would also like to thank the Charter Trustees, Town and Parish councils who have planned commemorative events including church services and beacon lighting, as well as street decorations, firework displays and parties.”

Thanet District Council waived all event fees for residential street parties and Kent County Council has not charged for road closures. In total there were almost 40 applications to close residential streets to host a party over the Platinum Jubilee weekend. The deadline to apply to close your street via Kent Councty Council has now passed. Applications to hang bunting from street lamps can be made up until Friday 27 May.

The council will be joining the festivities by flying the Jubilee flag from the main flag pole, hanging bunting and balloons at the main offices as well as decorating the Visitor Information Centre in Margate and dressing Dickens House Museum with bunting.  There is now a dedicated page on the Visit Thanet website promoting events and activities of interest to local residents and visitors alike.

These events will also be highlighted on Visit Thanet’s social media channels.

Share your photos on social media

If you would like to share photographs of how you’re marking this very special occasion, please use #PlatinumJubileeThanet on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram for a chance to be featured on our website or social media pages. Please make sure that you have permission from the people in the photos.

Share your volunteering stories

Kent County Council elected members, to mark 70 years of the Queen’s service, are volunteering in the community for 70 hours. If you’d like to share your Jubilee volunteering story you can do so on their dedicated Jubilee website

Travelling over the long weekend

If you’re planning to use the long weekend to travel to visit friends and family or enjoy a short break please ensure you check before you travel. Check the KCC website for information.

Waste and recycling collections

Thanet District Council’s offices will be closed over the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday weekend however, our waste and recycling crews will be out on rounds on Thursday 2 June and Friday 3 June as normal. If your collection is scheduled for one of these days, please remember to put your containers out at the edge of your property by 6am.

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