Plans for Jubilee are underway

TOWn chiefs are busying themselves in preparation for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Matlock Town Council has set up a working parting to discuss arrangements for festivities in June.

Ideas that have been put forward to make the occasion go off with a bang have included decorating the town with flags and bunting, having a treasure trail around shops and a window dressing competition.

The council is arranging a party in Hall Leys Park on June 4, which is hoped to include informal music around the town centre provided by buskers.

A brass band has already been booked to play in the band stand during the afternoon and the council is looking into booking another type of band in order to add variety.

It was suggested that Groundwork Derby and Derbyshire could help provide activities for children, such as making bunting from recycled materials in red white and blue.

Other suggestions made have included inviting residents to bring their own picnics to enjoy on the day and having a bonnet parade with a Jubilee theme.

Former mayor and town councillor Stephen Flitter said: “The Jubilee is part of our heritage and we should be supporting it.

“It’s important for the town to join in the celebrations.”

He said the council was in discussions with developers on Riber about having a bonfire on the hill above Matlock to signal the special occasion.

“We’re hopefully putting on some rides and some games and we want people to come down and enjoy Hall Leys Park and join in the celebrations with some music and entertainment,” he continued.

Matlock Bath Parish Council is organising a street party to be held on June 3 outside the Temple Hotel, in Temple Walk, Matlock Bath.

St Mary’s Church, in Church Walk, Wirksworth, will hold a flower festival from June 2 to 4 in honour of the Queen’s 60-year reign.

Cromford and Middleton-by-Wirksworth parish councils are working together to light a beacon at Black Rocks on June 4.

Wirksworth Town Council is lighting a beacon at Stoney Wood on June 3 and councillors are also discussing the possibility of having a procession featuring music and entertainment.

Anyone with suggestions for Matlock’s Jubilee celebrations is asked to call the town council on 01629 583042.