£25,000 is set aside for jubilee

UP to £25,000 is expected to be spent by Calderdale Council to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The authority is involved in promoting events across the district next year to mark the occasion.

The money is needed in addition to the use of council resources and staff, according to a report to cabinet.

February 6 marks the start of the diamond jubilee, which will culminate in a special bank holiday weekend from June 2 to 5.

Calderdale has been chosen to host the official West Yorkshire launch at Halifax Minster on February 12.

The council is working jointly with the minster and the Community Foundation for Calderdale under the guidance of West Yorkshire Deputy Lord Lieutenant Chris Harris.

“A one-off allocation of up to £25,000 would assist the council’s support towards the promotion of the jubilee celebrations without affecting other service delivery budgets,” said Ian Hughes, head of democratic and partnership services.

“The jubilee is a once in a lifetime event which the whole country is being invited to celebrate.

“The allocation of a small amount of funding will greatly assist in the promotion of the celebrations in Calderdale.”

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