Timetable announced for jubilee knees-up

PLANS for Market Rasen’s jubilee celebrations are well under way and the timetable of events is now available.

Organisers hope the day will bring a sense of community to the town and provide fun for all the family.

“There is something special about being part of a community,” said Jane Bridger, a member of the organising group.

“We have tried to provide something that will appeal to all ages and people can stay for a short time or all day, but the event will show what Rasen has to offer.”

The jubilee weekend will also see the two-day Gardeners’ Market event in the town – on the Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3.

Shops in the town will be decked with bunting and shopkeepers are being encouraged to create a window display to symbolise the Diamond Jubilee.

No official entry is needed for the window competition and judges will be touring the town on Friday, June 1.

“If we can create a festival atmosphere with the Gardeners’ Market and the Jubilee event, that will be wonderful,” added Jane.

The jubilee events on Monday, June 4, are being organised by the five churches in the town working together.

The printed programme for Monday’s activities will be available soon from shops around the town and is also available to view now on the event’s website at www.rasenjubilee.org

The day will begin at 10am with an opening ceremony in the Market Place and music will then continue throughout the day.

The Market Place will also be the muster point, along with The Chase car park, for the Grand Jubilee Parade at midday.

A traction engine and vintage vehicles will lead the parade, as it winds its way along Queen Street, Oxford Street, Chapel Street and Mill Road to the field at Market Rasen Primary School.

And everyone is invited to join the parade, with many it is hoped in the fancy dress theme of crowns and cloaks.

At the school field, there will be the chance to take part in the Big Picnic – remember to take along your own chair or rug and food.

Among the activities on the field will be craft for all ages, an old time singalong, dance workshop and games, as well as TVs showing events in London.

Teams of eight are also being encouraged to enter the tug of war – call in at Scoops in Queen Street or Sally Anns in John Street to register.

Alternatively register through the website, where details of all the competitions can be found.

The closing date for competition entries is May 25.