Liverpool residents are being invited to organise their own street parties to celebrate the royal wedding later this year.
The legal cost of arranging a road closure for an event to mark the union of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on 19 May is being waived.
The council says it will also provide signage and cones, with organisers only having to arrange public liability insurance.
Councillor Wendy Simon, assistant mayor and cabinet member for culture, says: “Liverpool comes together at times of celebration and we know there will be communities interested in holding a street party to mark the royal wedding. Our aim is to make it as simple and easy as possible for them to do so.”
Separately, the council has also established a Liverpool-wide Community Events Order, which means that from now on, people wanting to hold community events or street parties lasting up to three hours do not have to apply for a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO), which previously cost them in excess of £2,000.
It will allow the closure of roads so that regular community events or street parties can take place, and has the benefit of allowing children to play safely in traffic-free areas, creating safer zones and encouraging young people to get active outdoors.
Residents interested in either arranging a street party for the royal wedding on 19 May – or other community events needing a road closure between now and April 2019 – can apply at www.liverpool.gov.uk/streetparties by 30 April.
The first street parties were held in the UK in 1919. Known as ‘Peace Teas’, they were organised as a treat for young children after the hardships of the First World War.
Since then they have typically been held to commemorate major national events, such as VE Day or the Queen’s jubilees. It’s estimated that 10 million people took part in street parties in 1977 for the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.