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Tonbridge and Malling to host more coronation street parties for King Charles lll than any other borough in Kent

Part of Kent has been crowned the most patriotic after it was revealed it would be hosting the most coronation parties this weekend.

Figures from local councillors around the council has shown Tonbridge and Malling has 57 road closures during King Charles III’s coronation at Westminster Abbey on Saturday.

Everyone loves a street party. Photo: Mark Williamson
Everyone loves a street party. Photo: Mark Williamson

The borough has been crowned king of the street parties with more roads closed to host celebrations than any other district in Kent.

The borough has 57 road closures in place to accommodate community celebrations – the next highest is Tunbridge Wells with 48.

Canterbury has 41 road closures, shortly followed by Thanet with 39, Sevenoaks with 36, Gravesham with 29, Maidstone with 27, Dartford with 25 and Swale with 20.

After that, Folkestone has 19, Dover has 18 and Ashford has the fewest road closures with 16.

Tonbridge and Malling also topped the street party table for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations back in June last year with 84 events.

Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council is itself throwing a party to which everyone is invited.

The Coronation Big Lunch will take place at Tonbridge Castle on Sunday, May 7, from noon until 5pm.

In general the number of parties is down on those thrown for the late Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee.

Everyone is invited to wear red, white and blue, take their own picnic or visit the many food and drink stalls that will be there on the day.

The Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling, Cllr Sue Bell, will be among the picnickers and there will be music from the West Kent Big Band, the 17th Tonbridge Scout and Guide Band and dancing from the Loose Women Morris.

King Charles lll
King Charles lll
Matt Boughton, council leader at Kent's most patriotic borough
Matt Boughton, council leader at Kent's most patriotic borough

Celebrations will continue into the town with nearby River Walk setting the scene for art and craft stalls and the High Street lined with union flags.

The council’s director of street scene, leisure and technical services, Robert Styles, said: “Excitement is building this week as we make our preparations and we’re delighted that so many communities have come forward to organise street parties.”

Click here for details of national events planned for the King’s Coronation.

Council leader Matt Boughton he was delighted his residents were joining in the fun so enthusiastically.

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