York & North Yorkshire

Diamond Jubilee: 'Thousands' due at Skipton street party

Skipton High Street
Image caption The event, organised by Skipton town council would be "one big street party" said Mr Butler

Thousands of revellers are expected to attend Diamond Jubilee celebrations in a small North Yorkshire market town.

Skipton, a town of about 15,000 people on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, is expecting more than 10,000 people on Sunday.

Brett Butler, town centre manager, said the event would put a "smile on faces" in "tough economic times".

In all about 100 neighbourhoods across the county are expected to celebrate with an official street party.

The Skipton event will be held along the town's High Street from 10:00 until 22:00 BST, closing the road for the day.

There will be a funfair, stalls and a large screen showing coverage of the pageant on the River Thames in London on the same day and two feature films.

'Tough economic times'

Mr Butler said the event, organised by the town council would be "one big street party".

He added it was an attempt to put a "smile on faces" in "tough economic times."

Every household in the town received an invitation to the free event.

The party has cost about £20,000 but it has been covered by sponsorship and income, said Mr Butler.

There will also be 43 parties in York over the four-day Jubilee weekend, said the City of York Council.

There will be more than 50 road closures across the rest of the county, North Yorkshire County Council said.

The events mark 60 years since the Queen came to the throne in 1952.

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