By Dan Santy 16/02 Updated: 17/02 08:10
CELEBRATIONS on a scale not seen in Rugby for a generation have been planned to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee this year.
A 'spectacular' weekend of events has been organised for the extended Bank Holiday weekend from Saturday June 2 to Tuesday June 5, kicking off with a live Rugby FM broadcast in Caldecott Park before a parade through the town in the afternoon.
Led by marching military bands, the 2,000 strong parade has been put together after children from Cawston Grange Primary School suggested it would be a suitable way to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
It will pass through Rugby's independent shopping quarter around Regent Street before saluting the Mayor and Lord Lieutenant at the clock tower - built in 1897 to commemorate Queen Victoria's own Diamond Jubilee.
A whole host of activities will then take place for the rest of the weekend, including live music, a fair, street dancers, circus workshops, and lots more in Caldecott Park.
The four day celebrations have been organised jointly by Rugby Borough Council, Cemex and Rugby First.
Rugby Borough Council culture spokeswoman Coun Heather Timms said: "Sixty years as monarch and head of state is a remarkable achievement that cannot pass without commemoration. The programme of activities we've put together promises to make the occasion truly memorable."
Ian Southcott, community affairs manager for Cemex, said: "We are delighted to be part of what promises to be a fantastic weekend of celebrations in Rugby that will mark an outstanding national occasion."
Robin Richter, chair of Rugby First, said: "For people of my generation there has only ever been one monarch. Everything around us is changing but our Queen remains the constant rock upon which our nation is built. This is a truly unique occasion which will be reflected by the variety of activities on the day."
Residents and businesses can sign up to receive further information about the celebration weekend at www.rugby.gov.uk/jubilee, at the visitor centre in Rugby Library, or by calling 01788 533207.
* FOUR days of celebrations to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee are planned in Dunchurch.
Everything from a tug of war competition to a variety show will be taking place from June 2 to 5.
There will be a gallon of ale for each participant in the winning inter-village tug of war competition on the Arkwright Recreation Ground on the Saturday, when the rec will also be an evening of
entertainment at Dunchurch Social Club, and a Festival of Cask Ale at the Dun Cow.
The following day will see a picnic held on the village green from 11am to 3pm, and St Peters Church will hold a concert featuring Dunchurch Voices, Dunchurch Silver Band and Dunchurch Junior School Choir.
On Monday there will be a pig roast and fireworks at the Green Man, and a variety show will be held in the village hall on the Tuesday.
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