Celebrating Queen’s diamond day

PREPARATIONS to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee are well under way.

Tree planting events are taking place in Stamford, Rock and Rennington next month in honour of the occasion.

Meanwhile, at a meeting last week in Acklington, plans to mark the anniversary over the Jubilee weekend in June were discussed.

Rennington Parish Council has agreed to buy three oak trees and they will be planted on Friday, March 9, each marked with a plaque to commemorate the Queen’s 60 years on the throne.

The first ceremony will take place at Stamford at noon, while the second event will be at Rock, meeting at Rock Hall School at 1.45pm. The pupils will help plant the tree and sing God Save the Queen.

The Duchess of Northumberland has agreed to plant the oak tree on Rennington village green at 3.30pm.

Refreshments will follow in Rennington Village Hall for all residents of the parish at 4pm, where the parish council will also donate 50 trees on a first-come, first-serve basis.

These were part of a prize from LOVE Northumberland which the parish council won for its Community Bulb Planting initiative.

In Acklington, a meeting was held on Thursday to discuss ideas for an event.

It was agreed to hold celebrations in the village on Sunday, June 3, and Barbara King, coordinator for Acklington Community Team, said it was ‘highly likely’ that there would be a garden party and an open air songs of praise event, as well as a marquee, children’s games, a hog roast and a ceilidh.

Another meeting will take place on Tuesday, in the village hall from 7pm, to discuss the plans and any other ideas.

All are welcome to attend.

In Amble, festivities are scheduled to take place on Monday, June 4, including a parade along Queen Street.

Plans are also being discussed for celebrations in Rothbury. See page 15 for more information.

Is your town or village planning Jubilee events? Contact James Willoughby at james.willoughby@northeast-press.co.uk or by calling 01665 602234.