Norfolk set to celebrate Diamond Jubilee

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Communities large and small across Norfolk are gearing up to celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in style this summer. Events will include a garden party at Sandringham House on June 12, hosted by the Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, and a fireworks display in King’s Lynn on June 4.

A large number of exciting events are already lined up to mark 60 years of The Queen’s reign, many of them taking place during the extended bank holiday weekend of June 2-5.

Now a dedicated website containing useful information has been launched where communities can register their celebrations and create a permanent archive for future generations.

Events can be registered at a dedicated page on the Norfolk County Council’s website, www.norfolk.gov.uk/diamondjubilee . The site includes information about The Jubilee and advice and helpful hints about how to organise a community event and apply for a road closure for a street party for just £36.

The website offers the ideal opportunity to publicise a street party, however organisers can also choose to contribute to the county’s archive while at the same time keeping the details of the event private.

Thousands of people are set to celebrate 60 years of The Queen’s reign at events across the County. The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will give a garden party at Sandringham House on June 12, one of the highlights of a busy event schedule.

Catering students from Norwich City College, The College of West Anglia and Great Yarmouth College will be showcasing their culinary skills and providing the refreshments. Entertainment will be courtesy of the Hunstanton Town Band, Taverham Brass Band and Norfolk Youth Orchestra Symphonic Wind Band.

Norfolk County Council Chairman Mrs Shelagh Hutson is to host an invitation-only Diamond Jubilee wedding tea at County Hall on April 25 for couples from Norfolk who married in 1952. People who would like to attend the tea party are invited to write to Catherine Wilkinson, Chairman’s Officer at Norfolk County Council, Martineau Lane, Norwich, NR1 2DH, by Friday, March 16.

In London, Norfolk’s boat building industry will be showcased in the national celebrations when Dominic Rouse, owner of a Brundall-built Broom 50 vessel, joins a flotilla of up to a 1000 boats in the spectacular Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant in central London on Sunday June 3. Vice Lord-Lieutenant Lady Knollys, the High Sheriff of Norfolk and County Council Chairman Elect, Ian Monson, will all be on board.

Closer-to-home, communities in Norfolk are being invited to take to their streets to celebrate.

Norfolk County Council has launched the Norfolk Year of Celebrations 2012 Fund to help community groups, organisations, town and parish councils celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, and a number of other events this year including The Olympics.

Communities, organisations, town and parish councils can bid for a maximum of £500 from a pot of £30,000 available to help people meet the costs associated with staging and promoting a community focussed event or activity that is open to everyone and leaves a positive legacy.

Community grants are also available from the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, South Norfolk Council and Great Yarmouth Borough Council.

An Event Planner has also been produced by the County Council to help people plan events and includes a timeline of what to do and when, as well as guidance on accessing funding, organising road closures and licences.

The cost of closing streets and roads has been set at £36 so friends and neighbours can come together and celebrate the Diamond Jubilee*. For more information or an application form, visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/diamondjubilee, email streetworks@norfolk.gov.uk or telephone 0344 800 8009.

Fireworks displays will be held in Great Yarmouth and King’s Lynn on June 4 with events in Lynn being organised by the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk working with Festival Too!.

A beacon will be lit on the balcony of City Hall on Monday June 4 which will link with beacons being lit across the country.

A special invitation-only service at Norwich Cathedral will take place on 3 June, in conjunction with the weekend-long Jubilee Festival of Flowers and church services in King’s Lynn on 3 June and in Great Yarmouth on 5 June.

In addition, a special photographic exhibition charting the strong connection the Royal Family has with West Norfolk, through The Queen’s home at Sandringham, will take place in the Mayor’s Parlour in King’s Lynn’s historic town hall, from June 2.

A group led by the Lord-Lieutenant of Norfolk Richard Jewson and including representatives from the County Council, city, district and borough councils, the police and the church, are coordinating and recording the celebrations.

Mr Jewson, said: “It is already clear that the Diamond Jubilee will be marked with enthusiasm and style in Norfolk to reflect not only the strong community spirit that exists here but also our county’s longstanding connections with Her Majesty and the Royal Family.

“There is a great deal of planning underway already, and we want to make sure that everybody in Norfolk knows what’s happening, how they can get involved and how they can join in the celebrations as well as explaining where they can find practical information to help them organise and run their own event.

“We want people who live and work in our county to tell us about their plans, great or small, to ensure that everyone comes together to make this a celebration to remember what will be a momentous year as Norfolk marks Her Majesty’s 60 years of service to her country.”

 

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