A dozen street parties are planned to take place in Woodley to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

At least 12 roads will be closed across the bank holiday weekend, June 1 – 5, and more events like storytelling and the Big Jubilee Lunch will take place across the town.

One party host is Emma Caswell, 45, who is organizing a jubilee bash in Carrick Gardens.

“It’s for our Queen and she’s brilliant. I think 70 years on the throne is amazing so I think everyone should be celebrating,” she said.

“And it’s an excuse for a party,” added the mum-of-two, who has live in Carrick Gardens with her husband for eight years.

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“I think it’s important for children growing up to know our British history.

“They will in their lifetime see another monarch so I think it’s really important for them to learn about how long she’s been on the throne and the importance of what she’s done.

“So let’s have a party and give them something to remember.”

The Cul-De-Sac will be full of picnics, gazebos and games including tug of war, pin the tail on the corgi and a bake-off competition from 1pm onwards on June 5.

Other roads for jubilee events include Colemansmoor Lane, Dowding Close, Portrush Close, Fawcett Crescent, Arundel Road, Caldbeck Drive, Keats Close, Wyndham Crescent, Reading Road, Haddon Drive, Cornfield Road.

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At the centre of Woodley Town Council’s celebrations is the Big Jubilee Lunch on June 5.

Entertainer Professor Crump will be there, alongside live music from bands singing songs from the 1940s to the present day.

Pets corner will feature ducklings, ponies and rabbits, while free ice cream is also available for children.

If that doesn’t take your fancy, there are also free craft activities and a chalk pavement drawing activity.

Winners of the Jubilee Stones competition and their family will join the Woodley Town Mayor, Janet Sartorel, and Deputy Town Mayor, Kay Gilder, at the Top Table.

The competition saw local children aged 12 and under to paint jubilee themed stones.

Woodley Town Mayor, Janet Sartorel, will be lighting a beacon in Woodford Park at 9.45pm on Thursday 2nd June for the jubilee, accompanied by Bel Canto Choir to perform the Song for the Commonwealth.

The precise location will be updated on the event’s Facebook page closer to the time.

If you can’t wait until the weekend, the Platinum Fairy will be at Woodley Library on Monday, May 30 from 11am to 12pm to tell stories of the royal spring ball and help children create their own wand.