Time to join Diamond Jubilee celebrations

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COMMUNITIES across the Dispatch district are being urged to hold their own celebrations to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Special events throughout the country are planned to commemorate Her Majesty’s 60 years at the head of the monarchy.

The Queen came to the throne on February 6 1952, and her Coronation took place on June 2 1953.

Celebrations for the Jubilee will focus on an extended Bank Holiday weekend running from Saturday June 2 to Tuesday June 5.

Anyone who is planning an event should let the Dispatch newsdesk know by calling 0115 9536552 or e-mailing newsdesk@hucknall-dispatch.co.uk.

Local councils are also urging residents to become involved in the national celebration.

Ashfield District Council is in the process of developing a new web page to showcase planned events. It is urging anyone planning a street party to make sure they get in touch and have the necessary licences in place.

Plans are also in the pipeline to site a number of Jubilee Beacons across the district, to be lit on Monday June 4.

Community groups wanting support to host a beacon or Jubilee celebration can contact the council on 01623 450000 or e-mail t.hodgkinson@ashfield-dc.gov.uk

Meanwhile Notts County Council has issued an appeal to Hucknall residents for royal memorabilia and photographs of street parties and royal occasions to form part of an exhibition to mark the Diamond Jubilee.

The ‘Right Royal Extravaganza’ will be held in May and June at the Rufford Craft Centre.

Sue Cullen, arts and sports service manager at the county council, said: “Whether it’s a family party or village festival, if you have photographs, we would love to see them.”

Anyone wanting to be part of the exhibition is asked to take their photos to Mansfield Library on Wednesday March 14 when they will be scanned.

Anyone with memorabilia is asked to e-mail artsadmin@nottscc.gov.uk with contact details and a description of the collection.

Groups in Hucknall and Bulwell are also being encouraged to plant trees as part of the Jubilee Woods project being co-ordinated by the Woodland Trust.