THE BUNTING is ready and recordings of the National Anthem primed as the Dispatch district gears up to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Street parties, community fun days, craft fairs and even a beer festival will entice local communities from Friday and throughout the extended Bank Holiday weekend until next Tuesday June 5.
The patriotic colours of red, white and blue will garnish celebrations to mark Her Majesty’s 60 years on the throne.
The towns of Hucknall and Bulwell will literally light the way with their own Jubilee beacons as part of a chain that will stretch across the country.
In Bulwell, a five-metre high version will be lit at The Bogs recreation park on Monday night.
In Hucknall, patriotic floodlights in red, white and blue will be switched on at about 10 pm on the same day.
Each of the beacon events, and dozens of others throughout Nottinghamshire, will be recorded in a book that will be presented to the Queen.
The deputy leader of Ashfield District Council, Coun John Wilmott (Lab), of Hucknall, is planning to visit several street-parties and as many celebrations as possible in the town.
He said: “I am really looking forward to it. It isn’t very often that you get a monarch who has reigned for so long.
“It is incredible and it is good that people are coming together in celebration and taking part in lots of events.
“This will prove that community spirit is alive and well in Hucknall.”
Other attractions across the weekend include an English Civil War re-enactment at Newstead Abbey on Saturday, Sunday and Monday as part of the Jubilee celebrations.
In Bulwell, Coun Jackie Morris (Lab), a Bulwell member of Nottingham City Council, has donated £3,000 to support local events.
The cash has come from a funding pot designed to benefit the community she serves.
Coun Morris has fond memories of the Queen’s Coronation in 1953 when she was just a young girl.
She said: “This is a once-in-a-lifetime occasion and I am delighted that communities are uniting in celebration.
“There is a lot of doom and gloom around at the moment, so this is the perfect chance to put that behind us.”
Other events set to sparkle in Hucknall and Bulwell include a picnic, black-tie ball, cricket match and a Jubilee walk taking in Hucknall streets with royal connections.