Britannia to waive the rules

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Dust off those trestle tables and dig out the bunting as the red tape around royal wedding celebrations has been cut.

Local authorities across the country have been urged by central government to waive charges for road closures on May 19, to take make it easier to organise street parties to mark Prince Harry’s marriage to Meghan Markle.

This means people on the Fylde coast could get into the celebratory spirit even on a tight budget.

In Fylde, road closures are issued under the Town Police Clauses Act 1847, and there is no charge. A Fylde Council spokesman said: “We’ve done it before for the Jubilee, the last Royal Wedding, Queens 90th without issue – however, all applications will be run by the Police and LCC Highways for observations, and there may be costs beyond our control for insurance, traffic management depending upon the individual circumstances.”

Wyre Council will not charge for road closures, and will allow road parties to take place as long as health and safety standards are met.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Jake Berry MP (inset) said: “We’ve made it easier than ever for local residents from all backgrounds to come together to celebrate the royal wedding and we hope councils will get into the spirit by helping people wishing to organise street parties.”

People in Blackpool who wish to hold a street party should search Safety advisory group on the Blackpool Council website. People in Wyre should search ‘hosting an event in Wyre’ on the Wyre Council website. People in Fylde should email licensing@fylde.gov.uk.