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Published on April 8th, 2011 | by Dean Carr

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Samantha Cameron to host Royal Wedding party in Downing Street

Samantha Cameron will be among the millions of Britons holding a street party to celebrate the royal wedding.

The Prime Minister and his wife have applied for a licence to host a party in Downing Street on Friday, April 29.

Although Mr and Mrs Cameron have been invited to the royal nuptials at Westminster Abbey and then to a lunchtime reception at Buckingham Palace, they will return to Downing Street in the afternoon for the bash.

It is not known who the Camerons will invite on the day, although given the Prime Minister’s commitment to the Big Society there could be a charity theme to the event.

Westminster City Council confirmed it had received an application for a royal wedding street party from the Camerons.

Martin Low, city commissioner of transport for Westminster Council, said: ‘We don’t expect there will be a problem with issuing permission, seeing as it is a cul-de-sac.’

But the Camerons are unlikely to be hit with the same barrage of red tape and costs that ordinary citizens face if they want to celebrate the big day of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Many have been put off by council demands for hundreds of pounds in public liability insurance, despite Communities Secretary Eric Pickles’s assurances that the bureaucrats would relax the rules for revellers wanting to toast the marriage.

Medway Council in Kent has made anyone wanting to host a street party take out an insurance policy, as well as fill out a six-page document.

The ‘host’ is then responsible if there is a bout of food poisoning from any party food or bad behaviour from their guests and neighbours.

Council kill-joys have even decreed that bunting must be hung from lampposts no lower than 16ft 6in for ‘health and safety’ reasons, although climbing that high on a ladder poses a significant risk

Applicants are also told they must pay for their own traffic cones for any road closures.

Legislation introduced by Labour seven years ago prevents locals from blocking through roads using home-made signs and says party organisers must use professionals.

But such restrictions are unlikely to spoil the fun in Downing Street, which is closed to traffic anyway.

Around two million people are expected to attend royal wedding street parties, although the number who had applied to host a party a week ago numbered around 2,000.

Applications for street parties close today in Westminster and for many other local authorities.

Although drinking will be permitted, organisers have to have a licence if they are selling alcohol in the street.

Around two million people are expected to attend Royal Wedding Street parties, although the number who had applied to host a party a week ago numbered around 2000.

Applications for street parties close tomorrow in Westminster and for many other local authorities.

Although drinking will be permitted, organisers have to have a licence if they are selling alcohol in the street.

It is not known who the Camerons will invite on the day, although given the Prime Minister’s commitment to the Big Society, there could be a charity theme to the event.

 

 

Source : Mail Online

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Dean Carr

Dean has been involved in alcohol licensing for over 20 years and has helped many independent retailers and corporate clients obtain a licence to sell alcohol or offer late night refreshment, regulated entertainment from all sorts of premises. Dean writes articles for various trade related blogs and is currently Managing Director of the PLT group of companies who run APLH and SCPLH personal alcohol licence courses nationwide. You can contact Dean or a member of his expert licensing team on: 01242 222 188



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