PREPARATIONS are now well underway for a four-day extravaganza in Rugby town centre to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
The main events in the town will take place on Saturday, June 2, but activities will continue across the extended Bank Holiday weekend, with events planned for each day in Caldecott Park.
Rugby Borough Council, in association with Rugby First and principal sponsors, Cemex, announced this week that the centrepiece of the celebrations will be an unveiling ceremony at the Clock Tower.
The ceremony will be part of a parade of more than 1,000 featuring the Warwickshire Band, the Royal Warwickshire Fusiliers, and sailors from HMS Tireless, along with many local groups and organisations.
Special guests include the Queen’s representative, the Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire, the Bishop of Coventry and the Mayor of Rugby.
Cllr Heather Timms, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for culture, said: “Looking back at photos of Jubilee events in previous years, it is clear that Rugbeians have a proud tradition of supporting national occasions. I hope that everyone will want to come into the town and enjoy the events that 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.”
Also planned for the Saturday, based in and around Caldecott Park, are street entertainers, an all-day funfair and food from Vermillion, Rugby College and the West Indian Club. Rugby FM will be broadcasting live from 9am to noon and there will be live bands performing in the park from 3pm to 6pm.
There will also be stalls and activities from community groups and organisations.
If you like to be creative then visitors can take part in the Magnificent Monarch Montage from 10,30am to 12.30pm which will involve helping 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.
Following all the main celebrations on the Saturday, there will be a Big Jubilee Lunch on the Sunday (June 3), a children’s day on the Monday (June 4) and a day for young people on the Tuesday (June 5).
Ian Southcott, community affairs manager at Cemex, said: “We are delighted to be part of what promises to be a fantastic weekend of celebrations in Rugby that will mark an outstanding national occasion.”
The town is already starting to show signs of the preparations underway, with bunting now up in Market Square, Regent Street, Albert Street, Henry Street, Bank Street and Caldecott Park. In total there will be 1.2km of bunting put up around the town.
Robin Richter, chairman of Rugby First, said: “For people of my generation there has only ever been one monarch. Everything around us is changing but our Queen remains the constant rock upon which our nation is built. This is a truly unique occasion which will be reflected by the variety of activities on the day.”
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.
n A full list of events for the weekend can be found at www.rugbyadvertiser.co.uk/