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FOUR communities in the West Norfolk area are set to benefit from grant funding from Norfolk County Council for Jubilee and Olympic related celebrations.

As part of round one of the council’s ‘Norfolk Year of Celebrations 2012 Fund’, £15,675 has been awarded to 90 events to mark The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and an additional five events to mark the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Locally, help has gone to: Emneth Parish Council for a variety of activities including live music, children’s activities, Jubilee mugs and a firework display.

Outwell Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Committee for a weekend of events including a raft race, a floating parade honouring the six decades of the Queen’s reign followed by a village gala featuring local clubs and societies and members of the public, along with various stalls and shows. The day will be finished off with an evening disco and fireworks.

Upwell Village Hall Management Committee towards updating and relaunching of a community garden and renaming it as the Upwell Jubilee Community Garden.

West Walton Village Hall for series of events including buffet lunch, village fete, Jubilee dance, a sports afternoon, Lighting of Jubilee beacon, publishing a book detailing local walks and the installation of footpath signs.

Ian Mackie, Deputy Leader of Norfolk County Council, who is overseeing the County Council’s Jubilee activities, said: “This is going to be a year to remember for the whole country, and Norfolk County Council wants to be able to help friends, family, neighbours and communities in Norfolk to come together to create a fantastic atmosphere in which to enjoy each other’s company and celebrate the Diamond Jubilee.

“Round two of the Fund is now open and I would encourage communities who have not yet applied for funding to do so before April 27.”

A total of £14,325 remains for round two of the fund, which community groups or organisations and town and parish councils can bid for a maximum of £500.

An application form for funding from Norfolk’s Year of Celebrations 2012 Fund and an Event Planner can be downloaded from www.norfolk.gov.uk/events2012

Norfolk County Council has also processed road closure applications for street parties taking place to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee.

The cost of closing streets and roads has been set at £36.