Her Majesty The Queen celebrates her 90th birthday later this year and City of Wolverhampton Council has given residents an extra reason to celebrate. The council is believed to be the first in the country to waive costly licence fees if people apply for a road closure to be able hold a street party. The move will save party organisers up to £690 and the council hopes it will encourage as many people as possible to organise a knees-up for the Queen.

The Queen’s actual birthday is April 21, but national celebrations are being organised over May and June.

Mayor of Wolverhampton, Cllr Ian Brookfield, said: “Last year our Queen became the longest-serving British monarch in history and this year she will celebrate her 90th birthday. The Queen is a hugely popular figure across the world and this landmark birthday is a cause for celebration.

“Many of the national events being planned are likely to be costly and oversubscribed, so we wanted to ensure Wolverhampton residents could celebrate the occasion locally.

“That is why City of Wolverhampton Council is the first council we know of in the country to waive the usual road closure fees of up to £690 and enabling people to organise street parties.

“We would love as many communities in Wolverhampton as possible to organise street parties over the summer and celebrate this important birthday for our Head of State.”  

Details of how residents can apply for these special road closures will be released next month.