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WORLD CUP VS. JUBILEE? COUNCIL WEB SURVEY ASKS WHERE YOU'LL BE THIS SUMMER

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If you're planning a street party this summer, is it to celebrate the ...
If you're planning a street party this summer, is it to celebrate the

Queen's Golden Jubilee, or England's longed-for victory in the World Cup?

With the two major events of the summer meeting head-on during June and

July, Westminster City Council is asking this topical question as it launches

its first ever online survey.

The innovative facility will allow residents, businesses and visitors to the

council's website to vote on various topics ranging from serious issues such

as congestion charging, planning matters or the state of the city's streets

to the more light-hearted, such as this opening teaser.

Robert Davis, cabinet member for customer services and lead

member for the Jubilee, said:

'The introduction of an online survey is a pioneering step for us, and one

which will make it even easier for residents, businesses and visitors to

give us their views on important issues.

'While our opening question is light-hearted, my vote would have to be for

the Jubilee, and we are hosting a range of fantastic fun-filled activities

and events during Westminster Jubilee Week (15-23 June).

'However, that's just my opinion. I hope everyone who visits our website

will take part in the survey and let us know what you think!'

According to a recent independent poll (1), football will play second fiddle

to the Jubilee celebrations. If you disagree, or if you feel that the

Jubilee is a bigger event than the World Cup, log on to

www.westminster.gov.ukand have your say (from tomorrow).

Notes

1. A survey carried out by Mediaedge:CIA (published 16 May 2002), found that

out of a representative survey of 1000 people, 25 per cent said they would

go out of their way to follow the World Cup, whereas 40 per cent said they

would do the same for the Jubilee.

2. Westminster City Council's fantastic week-long celebration of the Queen's

Golden Jubilee kicks off on 15 June.

Throughout Westminster Jubilee Week (15-23 June), museums, galleries,

concert halls, youth clubs, schools, day-care centres and neighbourhood

associations will take part in a hundred different ways. Concerts,

workshops and projects with the English National Ballet, Apsley House, St

John's Smith Square, the Royal Opera House, London Zoo, the British Sports

Trust, the British Film Institute, the Serpentine Gallery and many others

will all be part of our Golden Jubilee celebration. Residents, businesses

and visitors will have the opportunity to celebrate all that is great about

life in Westminster, together with 50 years of duty, service and dedication

from The Queen.

The city council's celebrations opens with a Jubilee Weekend at Paddington

Recreation Ground, Randolph Avenue, W9, with a free open-air film showing of

the 1952 classic Singing In The Rain, along with pathe footage of the

coronation on Saturday 15 June. On Sunday 16 June, a Sports Day has been

organised in conjunction with the British Sports Trust and the Central

Council for Physical Recreation. From climbing a mountain to discovering

the sharper points of swordplay, learning some new dance moves, or taking up

cheerleading, the sports day will have something for everyone to either try

or watch.

Westminster Archive Centre in St. Ann's Street SW1, will be hosting a

fascinating new free exhibition, 'Westminster - Home of Royalty', from 17th

June to 8th July, celebrating Westminster's royal heritage. This covers 750

years of local Royal history along with photographs, illustrations and

prints from its own collection and fascinating loans from national

collections.

The grand finale of Westminster's celebrations is Fayre in the Square, a

colourful weekend of activities including exciting exhibitions, thrilling

concerts, and a wide variety of lively street entertainment which will bring

Berkeley Square alive on 21st, 22nd and 23rd June. Loans and displays from

Westminster Abbey, Madame Tussauds, the Wallace Collection, London Zoo, the

National Portrait Gallery, and Somerset House can be viewed, to name but a

few. A range of street performances including Maypole dancing, rap sessions,

Tudor dance, and street poetry will compliment stage concerts crossing the

decades from the 50s to modern day, from the London Oriana Choir to Abba

tribute bands, the English National Ballet to local arts and dance groups.

Topping the bill is a Jazz extravaganza featuring Courtney Pine.

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