Rugby prepares to host the biggest Diamond Jubilee celebrations in the area

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PREPARATIONS are well underway for a weekend extravaganza of Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

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, has announced that the centrepiece of the celebrations is to be a memorable unveiling ceremony at the Clock Tower that will draw comparisons with town celebrations of yesteryear. The ceremony will be part of a parade 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.

Also planned for the Saturday are:

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 town is 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.

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 Rugbaeans 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.”

Ian Southcott, CEMEX’s Community Affairs Manager, 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.”

Robin Richter, Chair 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.

For the full story see Thursday’s Rugby Advertiser.

A full list of events and activities for the weekend can be found at www.rugby.gov.uk/jubilee.