STREET parties across Kent are proving more popular for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee than the Royal Wedding.

Across the county, the number of parties being held during the four-day extended bank holiday weekend is up 75 per cent.

A total of 319 official parties are planned, compared to 182 held for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Fourteen of the parties will be held in Gravesham and 13 in Dartford.

Kent County Council cabinet member for environment, highways and waste, Bryan Sweetland, said: “It’s fantastic news that so many residents across Kent will celebrate this historic occasion with their friends and neighbours.

“We made this process as simple as possible to make it easy for people to enjoy the event with their neighbours. We also waived the charges for street parties on quiet residential roads and cul-de-sacs.”

Last year, Kent was ranked in third place nationally for the number of Royal Wedding street parties held per county.