District set for Diamond Jubilee celebrations

By Kevin Unitt 01/06 Updated: 01/06 07:46

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These children pictured – plus pupils from several other schools - are taking part in an exhibition in Leamington's Royal Priors shopping centre, in which their Royal-themed artwork and images go on display. (s)

A LEEK Wootton couple who celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary this year are to be king and queen for the day at the village's Jubilee celebrations at the weekend.

Iris and Dennis Eassom will be treated like royalty on Sunday (June 3) at the village recreation ground as part of an afternoon of activities including a big picnic lunch to kick off, followed by dancing, a pig roast and face painting and rounded off with a disco at the sports club.

Iris and Dennis were 19 and 24 when they wed, and lived in the Peterborough area until they moved to Leek Wootton when Dennis relocated to Massey Ferguson in the 1970s.

Dennis, a keen golfer, walker and parish councilor, said: “We’re very happy to do whatever we can to make it a splendid day, although of course there is only one queen.”

A Jubilee Tea Party in the Pump Room Gardens on Sunday (June 3) is also among a host of events taking place across the area to mark the Queen's 60 years on the throne.

The bunting is out for a Royal knees up from 10am onwards in the Leamington gardens, which will be a mass of colour as 100 silk flags, designed by local families, scouts and businesses, go on display. A giant screen will show all the pomp and pageantry live from London and will later turn into an outdoor cinema with a screening of Alice In Wonderland.

There will also be cakes, Pimms and champagne plus music by the Warwick University Brass Band, art workshops, a kids cookery workshop, face painting and a Jubilee cake decorating competitions.

Warwick hosts a 'Big Lunch' from 11am to 4.30pm in Market Place on Sunday (June 3).

People are encouraged to bring picnics and chairs to enjoy the event, which will feature live music and dance, pig roast and a host of other refreshments.

Also on Monday at Hill Close Gardens, Warwick, visitors will be encouraged to 'say it with flowers' at a free event featuring exhibitions, plant sales and refreshments.

Southam's hosts its street party from noon on Saturday (June 2), featuring gladiator-jousting, fire-eating, a climbing wall, sumo wrestling, a gaming tent and a human buzz wire, plus music and dancing into the night.

At Kenilworth Castle, from Sunday to Tuesday (June 3 to 5), archery, hand-to-hand combat, and junior jousting displays will be held. There will also be a Kings and Queens trail around the site with children challenged to track down all the elusive monarchs hidden around the site.

Schools are joining in the celebrations. At Briar Hill Infant School in Whitnash this afternoon (Thursday) a Jubilee party features pupils burying a time capsule to mark the occasion

And children, teachers and parents at the schools of St Patrick's and Kingsway in Leamington are coming together to celebrate tomorrow (Friday). There will be a bouncy castle, wacky races, art activities, stalls and a tombola, plus music and children's entertainment and refreshments, with all children encourage to wear red, white and blue clothing.

At Crackley Hall School in Kenilworth pupils will be celebrating the Jubilee from noon tomorrow (Friday) as they showcase their talents as they take staff, parents and guests on a journey through time, from the dawning of the second Elizabethan age, to the present day.

At Coten End Primary School in Warwick tonight (Thursday) children, parents and staff are enjoying a Jubilee Party, and a Jubilee lunch will be held tomorrow (Friday) at Barford St Peter’s Junior School.

While an exhibition of artwork and images from pupils at four locals will go on display from noon on Tuesday (June 5) in the Royal Priors shopping centre. A total of 120 children – from Coten End, St Anthony's, Clapham Terrace and All Saints – have been taking part in a project organised by the Leamington shopping centre which saw them make crown-shaped decorations plus other pictures highlighting the six decades of Queen's reign.

Leamington mayor Yvonne Moore will be guest of honour at The Kingsley School, Leamington, tomorrow (Friday) to judge a Jubilee craft competition and enjoy a tea party before unveiling a new bench.

Elsewhere The Tiller Pin pub in Leamington is celebrating in style by decking the pub in red, white and blue and hosting for three days of family fun events from Saturday to Monday. Visitors can try their hand at anything from hula hoops and garden skittle competitions to space hopper races, a bouncy castle and face painting. Live music and quizzes will also be held.

On Saturday and Sunday (June 2 and 3) a party will be held at Tamarin Farm, Norton Lindsey – featuring show jumping, dressage fancy dress and other fun competitions – with all proceeds raised divided between Myton Hospice and Leamington Rehabilitation Hospital.

A Tea Party for ten of Warwick's favourite grandmothers will be held at the town's Sainsbury's store from 11am tomorrow morning (Friday).

Members of Milan, a Leamington group for Asian ladies which meets socially twice a week, celebrated with a street gathering outside Radford Road Church yesterday (Wednesday).

Jubilee celebrations will also be held in Waterloo Place in Leamington, between 2.30pm and 5.30pm tomorrow (Friday), with fancy dress encouraged and a 'best hat' competition set to be held. Local band Charlie and the Milvertones will be playing, along with various fun activities for children and adults.

And there will of course be plenty of street parties across the area.

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