RIPLEY and Heanor are readying for a weekend bonanza of red, white and blue fun as patriotic people prepare to celebrate the monarch’s milestone.
Flag-waving fever is rippling through the town in the run up to this weekend’s extended Bank Holiday break.
Streets, pubs, villages, schools, community centres, families and neighbours are all joining together for a feast of festivities.
Flags, bunting and colourful memorabilia mugs will be raised throughout the borough as Jubilee mania takes hold!
Among the many people planning parties is Heanor mum Vicky Heaton, who is helping to organise a street party on Stoddard Drive on Monday. She said:
“We decided to hold this one because we’ve had informal parties over the last few years which just started watching children play in the
streets. We had one for the royal wedding last year and this is for the kids so they can remember it. Everyone will be here from children a
couple of weeks old to retired people. Everyone seems to be coming! It just brings everyone together.”
The Queens Head, in Marlpool, will be holding a community extravaganza with Shipley Parish Council on Monday from 12 noon.
The day will be kicked off with a 21 piece Military Band marching from The All Saints Church to The Queens Head in procession with children in fancy dress.
Organiser Alex Stevenson, said: “We are very excited to be organising such a great event for the benefit of the entire community. There will be plenty going on to keep you entertained, your stomachs filled and your thirsts quenched. It will be a great day to enjoy, have fun and raise some money for charity!”
The Heanor Development Trust is hosting a party on Saturday from 11am till 9pm at the Wilmot Street Centre and Godfrey Street Recreation Ground. It will feature a hog roast, Ceilidh dancing a brass band and entertainment from schools.
In Waingroves, there’s a weekend of celebrations which includes a party at the Thorn Tree village pub with a mini beer festival and live music on Saturday.
On Sunday there will be a thanksgiving service at Waingroves Church followed by a faith Jubilee lunch.
On Monday there’s a party at the Community Centre beginning at 2pm until 11.30pm with craft workshops, a face painter, a magician, games, cream teas, a bug hunt in the woodland, a licensed bar, a BBQ, a children’s disco and live bands.
The Holly Bush in Marehay is holding an all-day music festival on Monday from 1pm to 11pm, where - as well as live music - there will be a hog roast and Tarot readings.
At Charles Hill Sports Centre in Loscoe on Monday, from 12 noon to 8pm, there will be celebrations including football coaching, Zumba demonstrations, the Pinxton Puppets, face painting, Morris dancing, fancy dress competitions, a kids’ disco and a royal quiz.
A showcase of special Royal Trains will take place in the Exhibition Hall at Swanwick Junction.
The three former Royal Saloons include the Midland Railway’s Royal Saloon no.1910 built for King George V, the LMS Chairman’s Saloon no.45000, which later became part of the Royal Train and the Royal Dining Saloon no.2902 built for Queen Elizabeth II.
Organiser Anne Deeth said: “We are looking forward to celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in this unique way. After the success of last year’s smaller event celebrating the centenary of George V’s Coronation, we are confident that our visitors will have a thoroughly interesting and enjoyable day out over the extended Bank Holiday weekend. We are very grateful for the support of the Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust in allowing us to move the LMS Chairman’s Saloon to join the two other Royal Saloons in the Exhibition Hall.”
Among the many events at schools throughout the borough are these samples of flag-waving fervour.
Codnor Community Primary School is holding a Diamond Jubilee Street party on Friday from 1.30 pm. Staff and children will be dressed in red, white and blue and there will be gold crowns for the children, flags and bunting .
Somerlea Park Junior School in Somercotes is holding a Jubilee street party with a competition where classes decorate their own table and traditional games.
Loscoe C of E Primary School is having an outside picnic and then a tree planting event.
At 10.15pm on Monday, Aldercar and Langley Mill Parish Councillor Mick Fowkes will ignite a beacon atop the tower of St Andrew’s Church in the village. The beacon, which will be one of over 4,000 stretching right across the United Kingdom, will be visible over a wide area.
In Langley Mill and Aldercar the Jubilee will also be celebrated by the publication of ‘The Diamond Jubilee Walk’, a guided tour of the many locations, industrial and otherwise, in Aldercar and Langley Mill that helped to mould the village over the past centuries.
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