Diamond Jubilee street party details emerge

Put up the bunting! Organisers of the street party will be hoping for scenes similar to this patriotic picture from last year's Skegness Mini Fest.
Put up the bunting! Organisers of the street party will be hoping for scenes similar to this patriotic picture from last year's Skegness Mini Fest.
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A STREET party featuring, musicians, living statues, games, entertainment and a market has been planned to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Skegness Partnership has organised a full programme of diverse and exciting entertainment to mark the national day of celebration on Sunday, June 3.

The £10,000 event has received the backing of Skegness town councillors, who agreed to contribute £3,500 towards the costs at last Wednesday’s meeting. Coun Dick Edgington said: “I think it’s only right that we help celebrate a remarkable record for a remarkable lady.”

In honour of the momentous occasion, street banners featuring the Union Jack and Lincolnshire flags will be posted around the town, shops will dress their windows in British colours, traditional and contemporary artists and musicians will perform and a market featuring crafts, flowers and Lincolnshire produce will be held.

Lumley Road will be closed to traffic for the duration of the event, which will be opened with a marching band at 10am.

To cement relations with European partners from the ‘Transnational Network’ it is also proposed that a group of Hungarians will share their own culture with a display of street dances, folklore and local produce at St Matthew’s Church.

Skegness Town Council has also agreed to set aside a further £1,500 on top of the £3,500 contribution to the street party, to arrange celebrations of its own.

Coun Phil Kemp pointed out that the Clock Tower had been built to commemorate the only other Royal Diamond Jubilee ever to have taken place for Queen Victoria in 1897 and suggested that a plaque could be added to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s