Fly-past confirmed for Diamond Jubilee celebrations in Rugby

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RUGBY’S Diamond Jubilee celebrations will include a fly-past of historic aircraft.

A Douglas DC-3, an aircraft that first flew in 1935, and a de Havilland DH.89 Dragon Rapide, a 1934 designed British short-haul passenger biplane airliner, will fly over the town centre and Caldecott Park at 3pm on Saturday.

The fly-past will conclude the commemorative parade of service and ex-service personnel and community groups.

The fly-past has been arranged by the Midland Air Museum at Baginton, and is subject to flight approval and prevailing weather conditions.

The town’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations are set to be the largest in all of Coventry and Warwickshire, organisers believe.

The main events in the town will take place on Saturday 2 June, but activities will continue across the extended Bank Holiday weekend, with events planned for each day in Caldecott Park.

The celebrations have been organised by Rugby Borough Council, in association with Rugby First and principal sponsors, CEMEX.

Also planned for the Saturday are:

A spectacular town centre parade, featuring the Warwickshire Band, the Royal Warwickshire Fusiliers, and sailors from HMS Tireless. Also featuring many local groups and organisations, including a re-enactment of the Coronation procession with Rugby Theatre

A memorable unveiling ceremony at the Clock Tower that will draw comparisons with town celebrations of yesteryear. With the Queen’s representative, the Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire, the Bishop of Coventry, and the Mayor of Rugby

Street entertainers

A Magnificent Monarch Montage - help the team at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum to create a massive union jack on a huge canvas, using drawings of the queen and stamps. Create red, white and blue collages of our Queen in this fun Jubilee activity. 10.30 to 12.30.

Funfair - all day in Caldecott Park

Delicious food - from Vermillion, Rugby College and The West Indian Club served in Caldecott Park

Rugby FM - live broadcast from 9am to noon, plus live bands from 3-6pm, all in Caldecott Park

Stalls and activities from community groups and organisations

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Parade is scheduled to leave at 2pm from Gas Street, before heading through the independent quarter en route to the Clock Tower.

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