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Communities urged to join in big bank holiday weekend of Coronation celebrations


16 February 2023

King Charles III

Communities across North Northamptonshire are being encouraged to get involved in a bank holiday weekend of special events and activities being planned to mark the Coronation of King Charles III.
His Majesty will be crowned at Westminster Abbey in London on Saturday 6 May 2023, the first of three days of celebrations as towns, parishes and communities across the country are invited to come together and celebrate the historic occasion.
Plans are under way to organise a packed weekend of festivities in North Northamptonshire from 6 to 8 May.
Residents are also encouraged to come together and celebrate by holding coronation street parties in their communities, parishes and neighbourhoods, with a range of guidance available including the Street Party and Big Lunch websites. 
Communities considering to close a road to celebrate the Coronation may need to apply for a temporary road closure - although there is no charge for the applications from 6-8 May, they should be made by Monday 27 March 2023. 
Local community and voluntary groups can also apply for grants of up to £10,000 for events and activities through the National Lottery Awards for All programme . There's no deadline, but it can take up to 12 weeks from the point of submitting the application to receiving funding, so groups are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
Communities are also being encouraged to join in The Big Help Out, on Monday, 8 May, which will provide an opportunity to reflect on the legacy of His Majesty’s service and showcase the impact of volunteering within communities. Further details will be available on The Big Help Out website.
National events planned to celebrate the Coronation include:  

  • Saturday 6 May: Coronation Service, coronation procession, Buckingham Palace balcony appearance by members of the royal family
  • Sunday 7 May: Coronation Concert and lightshow at Windsor Castle, Coronation 'Big Lunch' street parties held by communities
  • Monday 8 May: Big Help Out encouraging people to get involved in local volunteering.
The Coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort is a huge milestone in our history. The weekend of events will bring people together to celebrate our Monarchy and the mixture of tradition and modernity, culture and community that makes our country great.
As with the Platinum Jubilee celebrations last year, we know that our fantastic community will come together once again to celebrate another historic occasion. 
Everyone is invited to join in, on any day, whether that is by hosting a special street party, watching the Coronation ceremony or the spectacular concert on TV, or stepping forward during The Big Help Out to help causes that matter to them.
The HM Lord-Lieutenant of Northamptonshire, James Saunders Watson Esq, who represents the King in the county

Further information on the arrangements will be confirmed in the coming months and will be shared on North Northamptonshire Council’s website