Rasen planning for a right royal knees-up

A RIGHT royal event is being planned for Rasen to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee this summer.

It is hoped people of all ages will join in the festivities being organised by the churches of Market Rasen, making it a whole community event.

“It would be our intention to involve all age groups with a variety of activities during Monday, June 4, which would take place in the Market Place and at the primary school in Mill Road,” said Andrew Morrison, one of the team behind the proposed celebrations.

“Our plans are at the early stage and are dependant on our town council giving us full permission to use the market square, free from any stalls or traders in place.”

And these early plans are jam packed with activities to suit all tastes.

A procession, led by the town band, with heritage cars and lorries, from the primary school to the Market Place, will be followed by the judging of the fancy dress competition – with a crowns and cloaks theme.

Live local bands and group will perform in the Market Place from 10am to 10pm, with musical contributions from the primary school, young bands within the town and established local bands playing until the close.

Food would be provided, free of charge, by a hog roast available from midday, with a fresh supply of pig at 7pm, and the church room would be open all days for teas and coffees.

Down at the primary school, two marquees would be filled with a range of entertainment for children – face painting, decorating plates and the making of flags, all with the Queen’s Jubilee as the theme.

There will also be a large screen television for those who want to see any of the capital city entertainment as it happens.

And leading up to the day, there will also be a poetry competition for all ages.

“We expect to work around an inclusive Big Picnic, with music, old time singing entertainment, games and a tug of war competition to build the interest and involvement for the day,” added Mr Morrison.

“This list is not definitive, as we are only at the initial stages of our planning.

“However, I hope this gives a taster for the programme of activities that, we believe, will enable our community to celebrate this historic occasion.”