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South Norfolk and north Suffolk gears up for Jubilee celebrations

PUBLISHED: 16:03 31 May 2012

Harleston's Jubilee Bunting Brigade with all the handmade bunting due to be hung in the town at the end of May.  Front, bunting co-ordinator Carol Wiles.

Harleston's Jubilee Bunting Brigade with all the handmade bunting due to be hung in the town at the end of May. Front, bunting co-ordinator Carol Wiles.

Archant Norfolk Photographic © 2012

The Queen’s Jubilee promises to be full of colour and family fun over the extended bank holiday weekend with dozens of street parties, fetes and outdoor events being held.

Several of our market towns are arranging community activities across the long weekend from June 2 to June 5.

Diss will mark the 60th anniversary of the coronation with a host of events at the park near the mere. On Saturday, June 2 there will party in Diss Park between 10am and 4pm, including music from bands such as Backstreet, Walkway, and The Cataclysmics and a stage where a number of local dancing groups will be performing throughout the day.

On Sunday, June 3 there will be a big lunch on the park, music from Savannah Love, entertainment from Poz Magic and birds of prey displays between 10am and 4pm.

On June 1, Fair Green will be home to a tug of war, bouncy castle, bucking bronco, bear festival and hog roast.

Wymondham aims to kick off the celebrations in style with a colourful street parade.

Local children are being urged to get into fancy dress for the parade from 12.30pm on June 2, which will be led by the Smokehouse Blue Jazz Band and Wymondham’s ‘King’ and ‘Queen’ in regal costume. There will be a fancy dress competition and a street party in Market Cross.

Throughout the afternoon there will be a mix of entertainment from a variety of local organisations and a traditional ‘Olde English Fayre’.

In addition to the activities centred around the Market Place there will be events around the town, including a free walk-in art workshop for families at Wymondham Arts Centre.

On June 4, in Harleston, there will be a picnic to which people are invited to attend in red, white and blue, fancy dress competitions for children, best dressed pushchair or mobility aid, a display of 1950s and 1960s cars, motor bikes and tractors, and a Memorabilia Marquee with items from the ’50s and ’60s.

Live music, a ring where performances can take place, stalls, craft table, fun activities for children, Punch and Judy show and even a 1950s cake stall are also planned.

The event will coincide with the official opening of Harleston’s new green gym on the recreation ground.

In Attleborough, a new monument will be unveiled in Queen’s Square and a time capsule will be buried on Tuesday, June 5 to mark the Jubilee after being designed by high school pupil Oliver Grantham who won a design competition.

On Sunday, June 3, there will be a carnival parade, and on Monday, June 4 an open gardens event organised by Attleborough Horticultural Society and a play at Connaught Hall by Attleborough Players before the jubilee beacon is lit on the recreation ground.

Art and craft society, Artline, is holding a four-day exhibition in Attleborough town hall to celebrate the Queen’s diamond jubilee.

The exhibition, running from June 2 to June 5, will be open from 10am until 5pm each day with over 60 artists displaying their work.

On Sunday, June 3, the Jubilee Fayre and Big Picnic in Hethersett will be held on the village’s Memorial Playing Field.

Gates will open at midday and the daytime session will continue until 5pm and include children’s entertainment, traditional games including tug of war, three legged races, giant Jenga, Beat the Goalie and wellie throwing.

Other attractions will include circus skills, arts and crafts, a ceremonial tree planting, a 1940s singalong and a display by the Slanted Dance Group.

The evening session will run from 7pm until 10.30pm and will include a disco and performances from last year’s Hethersett’s Got Talent winner David Wyatt and the Empire Brass Band.

The centrepiece of the festivities in Eye will be the beacon lighting at Eye Castle by Lesley Mayes, chairman of Mid-Suffolk District Council, on Monday, June 4, followed by medieval music and dancing in the evening.

However, a series of other events have been arranged over the weekend, which starts on Friday (June 1) with a special “Coronation” in St Peter and St Paul Church followed by a families picnic.

On Sunday night (June 3) the church will host a Songs of Prise service for the families involved with the picnic, while on Monday afternoon there will be a “Kings and Queens” event with a 1950s theme and lots of activities at the lower end of Church Street.

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