Coronation procession to be performed by Rugby Theatre as part of big town parade to celebrate Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Members of Rugby Theatre prepare for the Coronation Procession, with help from Sue Henry (front) and Chris Worman, event organiser with Rugby Borough Council.
Members of Rugby Theatre prepare for the Coronation Procession, with help from Sue Henry (front) and Chris Worman, event organiser with Rugby Borough Council.
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RUGBY Theatre will join the Diamond Jubilee celebrations by playing a key part in the parade alongside more than 1,000 other people through the town centre.

As part of a four-day extravaganza of celebrations in Rugby from June 2 to June 5 to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee, Rugby Theatre has decided to recreate the Queen’s Coronation procession into Westminster Abbey.

Sue Henry, head of wardrobe at the Henry Street venue, took up the challenge at the end of last year and has been examining souvenir books and other memorabilia to recreate the outfits of the Royal family along with attending Bishops, Lords and other key members of the procession.

Sue said: “We’ve managed to persuade some of the non-acting members of the theatre to take part, so look out for people who usually support other key functions at the theatre, such as front of house, wardrobe, stage crew and scenery. We’ve got a lot of people here who want to take part in this historical event.”

After taking part in the town’s Jubilee parade, theatre members will be helping to man a stand in Caldecott Park. The make-up department will be offering face painting while other theatre members will be on-hand to talk to anyone who may be interested in joining the theatre. Tickets for theatre shows will also be on sale.

The parade, which more than 1,000 people will take part in, will be on Saturday, June 2 which will also include a special ceremony at the Clock Tower, followed by a flypast of a Douglas DC-3.

Celebrations will continue throughout the day and across the bank holiday weekend. See www.rugbyadvertiser.co.uk.