Sixty street parties planned across Leigh-on-sea and Southend

April 28, 2023

Over sixty applications have been received for street party permits and road closures to celebrate King Charles III’s coronation weekend.

A full list of road closures will be published ahead of the Coronation, so residents who are planning to travel over that period can plan their route ahead of the three-day bank holiday weekend.

John Burr, Executive Director for environment and neighbourhoods, said: “The last Coronation of Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was the first-ever to be televised and led to an increase in television sales, as people wanted their chance to watch a historic event.

“So we think it’s wonderful that over the three-day bank holiday weekend, so many of our local communities will be gathering, alongside the rest of the nation, to celebrate this royal and historic event.

“Street parties are a great opportunity for people to come together on special occasions, and as our King officially ascends to the throne, we are pleased that the council is taking the initiative to make sure local people and our communities celebrate in the best and safest way possible.”

Residents who don’t have a party planned but want to celebrate locally, can join a host of events being run across the City, including Music in the Park at Priory Park on Saturday 6th May, where people will hear Southend Community Chorus sing uplifting songs, supported by the fantastic Southend Band. Bring a picnic and make the most of this Royal celebration. No need to book, this is a free event, and everyone is welcome.

Ironworks at 90 High Street, Southend-on-Sea are holding a Coronation event on Sunday 7th May inside and outside their building. Running from 11am to 3pm, there will be music, games, artists, stalls food and drink.

A Coronation Tea Dance taking place at The Haven Community Hub on Thursday 4th May from 2 to 4pm and a Coronation Cream Tea being held on Sunday 7th May at Prittlewell Priory from 11am to 3pm.

As part of the celebrations, the council has also commissioned five coronation plaques from The British Ironworks Centre, to mark this historic moment. The centre is donating all profits to charity and these will be put up in the Civic Centre, Porters Civic House, The Forum, The Royal Pavilion on Southend Pier and The Cliffs Pavilion

There is also the national campaign, The Big Help, introduced to mark the King’s coronation and leave a lasting community legacy by working with national and local charities by volunteering. Whether it’s a one-off or becomes a regular new habit, it’s a great way to bring the country together. You can find out more here: The Big Help Out | Home

In Southend-on-Sea, there are a number of volunteering opportunities available that you can get involved in all year round. You can also volunteer in our libraries for example.

Visit Royal.UK for further information on the Coronation weekend, including the procession route, service and where to watch.


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