Jubilee party to be 'county's biggest'

By Dan Santy 15/05 Updated: 31/05 10:47

Buy photos » Caldecott Park ranger and former Olympian Trevor Hoyte gets the bunting ready for the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Picture by Jon Mullis 20.012.027.rug.jm2 (www.buyphotos247.com)

RUGBY's Diamond Jubilee celebrations will be the biggest in the county, organisers have claimed after revealing what they have planned for the special occasion.

Preparations are now well underway for Rugby to mark 60 years since Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was crowned. The main event will be on the first of the four day celebrations, Saturday June 2, when a grand parade through the town will be followed by a ceremony to unveil a new plaque at the clock tower commemorating the memorable day.

Throughout the day there will be a host of fun acitivities and entertainment on offer, including a funfair and live music in Caldecott Park.

Rugby's culture spokeswoman, Coun Heather Timms, said: "Looking back at photos of jubilee events in previous years, it is clear Rugbeians have a proud tradition of supporting national occasions.

"I hope everyone will want to come into the town and enjoy the events we have planned. It would be great if everyone could bring a Union Flag, or buy one on the day, and cheer the parade as it passes through the town and assembles at the clock tower for the ceremony."

The parade will get underway at 2pm and will feature sailors from Rugby's adopted vessel, HMS Tireless, the Royal Warwickshire Fusiliers, the Warwickshire Band and other groups and organisations.

Special guests include the Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire, Martin Dunne, and the Bishop of Coventry the Rt Rev Dr Christopher Cocksworth.

It will make its way from Gas Street car park, heading along Albert Street, Henry Street, Regent Street, Church Street and up to the clock tower where the plaque will be unveiled.

A special flypast of historic aircraft will mark the occasion, along with confetti canons, streamers, fanfare and over 1km of bunting.

The parade will then head to Caldecott Park where an afternoon of fun and live music will take place from 3pm to 6pm.

Road closures will be on place between 1pm and 3pm because of the parade, while the car parks on Gas Street and Castle Street will be shut for the day from 8am.

The next day, Sunday June 3, quieter celebrations have been arranged, with a Jubilee lunch to be held in Caldecott Park accompanied by music from the Dunchurch Band.

And on Monday June 4 and Tuesday June 5, activities for youngsters to enjoy during their half-term break will be on offer, including a velcro bounce wall and a DJ roadshow.

Communities are also getting into the spirit of celebration, with 23 applications made for road closures to make way for planned street parties.

There will be a confirmed ten street parties on the Sunday, two on the Monday, one on Tuesday and another on the afternoon of Friday June 1 to be held by Abbots Farm Junior School.

Bilton Church is expecting around 1,000 people at its party on Sunday, while big gatherings are also anticipated on Addison Road and Hillmorton village green.

Visit www.rugby.gov.uk/jubilee for more information.

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