A diamond way for village to celebrate

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A JUBILEE competition is being held in Rothbury to mark the Queen’s diamond celebration.

A host of events are being organised in the village including a flower festival in the church, fireworks display, lighting of beacons, a pooled lunch and screening of the Royal Pageant.

Alongside that organisers of the events are holding a best-dressed-business competition to get the village decked out in decorations.

Parish councillor Mark Gilson, organiser of the Diamond Jubilee events in the village, is calling on businesses and commercial premises on the main high street in Rothbury to decorate their shops and windows as much as they want with judges then deciding on the best.

And a special judging panel is also being sought.

Mr Gilson would like someone who was born on June 2, 1953, the day of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, to head the panel, alongside others born on that day in other years.

During the weekend of events, collection buckets will be around the village and the winner of the competition will be given the collection which will then be donated to a charity of their choice.

Anyone who fits the bill for the judging panel is asked to contact Mr Gilson on 01669 621585.

The weekend of events starts with a sunrise parade on Saturday, June 2, and raising of the flag in the village which will stay up and illuminated throughout.

The Big Lunch will be held in the Jubilee Hall on Sunday, June 3, with a live feed of the Royal Pageant on the Thames.

Monday, June 4, will see Coquetdale Round Table’s Street Fair, alongside a street party at the Newcastle House Hotel and barbecue as well as a fireworks display and lighting of the beacons on Rothbury hills and the church.

The events close with a civic service at All Saints’ Church on Sunday, June 10.