Communities given funding to celebrate Diamond Jubilee

The Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has today announced Dudley and Mansfield will be given money to help celebrate the Diamond Jubilee this summer.

£185,000 has been set aside to help communities to organise their own street parties and events. The funding means that 20 “hard to reach” areas will be supported to plan and arrange their own Jubilee celebrations.

Communities will be given funding to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee
Communities will be given funding to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee Credit: PA

"2012 is a year of celebration: both the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic Games will bring the country to its feet."

– Eric Pickles, Communities Secretary

The Eden Project is financing the project. It hopes to help 20 communities take part in the festivities.

Peter Stewart, Director of Campaigns said:

"These communities stretch from St Blazey in the South to Gateshead in the North.”

“St Blazey residents have already started planning their event across two outdoor venues, incorporating a wide range of fun activities from a children's disco to a 1950s style sports day".

"This is a really exciting opportunity to support communities across England and help them to create their own, unique Big Jubilee Lunch.”