Let’s make it a time to be remembered

File photo dated 22/11/11 of Queen Elizabeth II smiling as she waits for Turkey's President Abdullah Gul during a Ceremonial Welcome on Horse Guards Parade, in central London as Gul begins a three day State Visit to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday January 9, 2012. The Queen celebrates her Diamond Jubilee this year - a historic reign which will reach the six-decade milestone in a few weeks. See PA ROYAL Jubilee stories. Photo credit should read: Paul Hackett/PA Wire
File photo dated 22/11/11 of Queen Elizabeth II smiling as she waits for Turkey's President Abdullah Gul during a Ceremonial Welcome on Horse Guards Parade, in central London as Gul begins a three day State Visit to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday January 9, 2012. The Queen celebrates her Diamond Jubilee this year - a historic reign which will reach the six-decade milestone in a few weeks. See PA ROYAL Jubilee stories. Photo credit should read: Paul Hackett/PA Wire
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It’s still six months away – but Garstang is well-ahead in the planning for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Garstang is gearing up for a summer of celebration to mark 60 years of the Queen’s reign, and Garstang mayor Lady Dulcie Atkins is preparing for beacons to be lit, trees to be planted, bunting to be out and one big street party.

Lady Atkins is inviting residents to the first event in the town on February 8. This will be reading of the Windsor Castle Proclamation marking Queen Elizabeth’s II accession to the throne in 1952.

The reading will take place at the Town Cross, Market Place, at 11am.

In the afternoon there will be a service at St Thomas’ Church, starting at 2pm.

The official celebrations will take place across the extended Bank Holiday at the start of June and Lady Atkins said volunteers were still being sought for arrangements and also additional ideas.

She said: “We’d be happy to work with any groups or people who want to get involved and might want to do something to celebrate the diamond jubilee.

“We know for these kind of occasions people in Garstang will come together and do things as a community.

“We want to make this a weekend that will hopefully draw people into the town, but more importantly be a day for the whole of Garstang to remember.”

On Friday June 1, plans are underway for afternoon and evening walks around Garstang to look at the planted and decorated gardens.

Sporting competitions at the bowling clubs and tennis club will follow on June 2 and the Big Fairtrade Lunch-style street party on June 3.

The day after will be the annual Children’s Festival.

People are invited to put forward their jubilee ideas at meeting at the marriage room in the Community Centre, on Wednesday, February 15, at 7pm.