Councillor encourages street parties to celebrate VE Day

Betty McLatchy
Betty McLatchy

The streets of Haverhill will erupt with jubilant street parties if a Haverhill councillor’s wishes are heard.

Cllr Betty Mclatchy wants to see an outpouring of community spirit to celebrate Victory in Europe Day on May 8 and is encouraging members of the public to set up street parties.

“It would be wonderful to see people coming together to celebrate this,” said Cllr Mclatchy.

“If people want advice on how to set one up, I can give advice and help that way.

“I think it’s a shame not to do something. If anyone wants to get involved, call me.”

At the moment, there are no official street parties planned in town to commemorate VE day.

“There’s nothing organised here at the moment. It’s up to people, maybe they’d like to do something in the areas they live in. It’s community spirit and I think it would be great for the town.”

Events could be staged to raise money for charity, Cllr Mclatchy said, with proceeds going to help the British Legion.

Cllr Mclatchy said she was happy to offer advice on how to set up a street party.

“You don’t need to get permission from the town council,” she said. “But you do need to get in touch with highways and apply to have the road shut.”

Other pieces of advice for people interested in starting their own street parties included consulting the neighbours to make sure everybody is happy with the arrangements.

It’s not necessary to arrange insurance for everybody in attendance as long as everybody agrees to take proper responsibility for themselves and those under their supervision.

While it’s not necessary to apply to the council for a temporary event notice license, one will need to be obtained if live bands are due to perform or if there is the intention to sell alcohol. It’s also a good idea to agree a finish time for the party in advance.