Four days of celebrations
Published on 25th May 2012
There are no end of things to see, do and enjoy this coming Bank Holiday weekend as communities celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, with Waveney playing its part in an unforgettable occasion.
First up, the Council is delighted to have secured the return of Thundercat powerboat racing to Lowestoft Seafront. The Thundercats are back to stage a special Jubilee Grand prix event which will feature a packed race programme, along with a range of other attractions including fun fair and displays. Racing starts from 10.30am on Saturday 3rd June when Waveney Chairman Peter Collecott will start the first race. Racing continues through till Monday at 4pm.
Celebrations in Southwold start on the Saturday in the town centre with a range of Jubilee-themed displays and attractions, which include live and much more besides. While in Halesworth the jubilee flower festival opens in St Mary's Church.
Sunday 3rd is the official street party day - but for those who have not yet received an invite to a local celebration, Waveney District Council have arranged for a brass band to play a Nicholas Everitt Park in Oulton Broad from 2pm-4pm - so why not come along and picnic in the park! There is also entertainment nearby at the street party on 'The Boulevard' from Midday.
Over in Beccles, a two day celebration starts with entertainment in the town square and Beccles quay, while in Bungay the Jubilee-themed carnival begins with the grand precession at 1.30pm which makes it way through the town followed by a community picnic on the old Grammar school field.
Cllr Colin Law, Leader of Waveney District Council said: "What a wonderful weekend it's going to be with so much to do and see. We have tried to play our part by putting on events that will bring our communities together for an unbelievable four-day celebration."
And finally, to mark the occasion, there will be a number of beacons lit across the Waveney District on Monday 4th June as part of the national beacon lighting event. Britain's most Easterly Beacon in Sparrows nest gardens will be lit at 10.10pm by the Lowestoft and District Scouts Association.
In Pakefield there will be a street party and fete which will conclude with the lighting of the beacon. In Kessingland there will be a celebration on the sports and social club field including a range of entertainment and attractions, before celebrations move to the beach for the lighting of the beacon.
The Southwold Lions host there annual fete on the common throughout the day, as the evening progresses the event moves to Gun Hill ready for the beacon to be lit. Bungay castle will host the host a beacon lighting event and other celebrations from 7pm with the 2 day Beccles celebrations at the Quay finishing with the lighting of the town beacon. Finally beacons will also be lit in Blundeston, Henstead, Mutford and Somerleyton and there will be a fireworks display and bonfire on Millennium Green in Halesworth from 7pm.
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