COMMUNITIES in and around Lancaster were this week putting the final touches to their preparations to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
The main party day is Sunday, June 3, when three residential roads will close for street parties, but scores of lower key celebrations are also expected to take place.
Around 100 people are expected to attend the party on Farmdale Road, Bowerham, from 12.30pm on Sunday, including residents and their friends and family.
Festivities will include a traditional street tea party with food and bunting, games, quizzes and music, including a local singer.
Her Majesty will make a special appearance in the form of a life-sized cardboard cut-out.
Organiser Sheila Little, a 64-year-old grandmother of two, said: “As the co-ordinator of the Neighbourhood Watch scheme in this area, we’ve held a barbecue in our garden for the last 20 years which attracts 60-70 people.
“So we’ve already got a good community spirit going on here, and we decided at last year’s barbecue that it would be nice to have a street party for the Queen’s jubilee.
“It should be a really good day.”
The party on Endsleigh Grove, Torrisholme, runs from 1pm on Sunday and is being opened by resident and former Lord Mayor of Lancaster, John Lodge, who was first citizen in 1980/81, during which time Charles and Diana married.
It is being organised by Sharon Jackson, 53 who suffers from multiple-sclerosis and it will include a raffle to help raise money for a new neuro drop-in facility to support MS sufferers and people who have suffered other neurological problems including strokes.
The 1950s-themed party, will include clothes, toys, games and food which were popular in the decade. There will be a vintage tea tent and tables and chair laid out along the cul-de-sac.
Children will take part in a competition to make the best crown.
“I just thought this was the kind of thing that will not happen again in our lifetime.
“When it was the royal wedding last year a we had a little party in my garden but a street party is one of those things that nobody organised and then you say afterwards ‘we could have done that’.
“It will be good fun and it will be especially nice for the children to meet some of the older people, who remember the days when everyone knew each other and were friends with one another.”
Beech Avenue in Galgate will close for a jubilee picnic on the village green from 3pm-6pm on Tuesday, June 5.
There will also be jubilee-themed fancy dress at the Ellel Parish Council-funded event.
Parish and city councillor, Helen Helme, said: “I’m a royalist and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee is a very good way to celebrate and get everyone together as a community.”
Residents in the hamlet of Ireby on the Yorkshire border will wait until Saturday, June 9, to celebrate the Jubilee.
High Barn Road will be closed from noon until 9pm for an afternoon tea, games, face painting and a treasure hunt.
Organiser Heather Bavin, 54, said: “We decided to wait until the following weekend because lots of people were doing things over the Bank Holiday weekend and it’s also half-term for the children so some families were away.
“We don’t need any excuse for a get-together and this is about national pride.
“We’re expecting 50 or so people and we’ve opened it up to neighbours and friends and family.”
Beacons will be lit at events across the district between 10pm and 10.15pm on Monday, June 4, including at Dolphinholme House Farm in Lower Dolphinholme, where the celebrations will be preceded by a barbecue from 8.30pm.
Tickets for the celebration cost £5 for adults and £2.50 for children and can be bought on the night or from the farm in advance on 01524 791469.
Other beacon lightings are being held at Lancaster Castle, Warton Crag, Docker Park Farm, Arkholme; Glasson Dock; Thurnham Village Hall; Hall Grieves, Overton; Aughton; Preesall Fleetwood’s Charity School, Preesall; and at the top of Ingleborough.
More than 4,000 beacons are expected to be lit throughout the UK.