Surrey

Surrey County Council in Queen's Jubilee parties vow

The Queen visiting King's Lynn
Image caption The Queen visited King's Lynn Town Hall and was met by well-wishers outside

Council leaders in Surrey have vowed to do all they can to help people throw street parties to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

The Big Jubilee Lunches will be held across the UK on 3 June to commemorate her 60 years on the throne.

Surrey County Council said highways teams had been asked "to go out of their way to help make them happen".

The Queen marked the anniversary of her accession to the throne with a visit to King's Lynn in Norfolk on Monday.

In the past she has spent Accession Day - the day her father, George VI, died in 1952 - privately.

'Community spirit'

Gun salutes have also been held around the UK, including in London and Edinburgh.

The leader of the Conservative-controlled council, David Hodge, said more than 200 street parties were held across the county for last year's Royal Wedding.

"We want people to come together again and show the sense of community spirit that makes the county such a wonderful place to live.

"I can't think of a better way to mark 60 years of the Queen's reign than spending the day celebrating with neighbours or friends," he said.

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