Residents of Preston will be able to attend a weekend of Platinum Jubilee celebrations featuring music, crafts, culture and fun for the whole family.
The Platinum Jubilee Beacons will be the first event of the four-day weekend that begins Thursday, June 2.
The Preston Community Beacon is one of thousands of beacons that will be lit by communities, charities and groups across the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and overseas territories -sea of the United Kingdom.
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The Jubilee Beacons will provide an opportunity for communities and individuals to come together to celebrate this historic milestone.
It will be the first time that a British monarch will celebrate a platinum jubilee, with 70 years as sovereign.
The four days of celebrations will include public events and community activities, as well as national moments of reflection on the Queen’s 70 years of service.
In Preston, from Thursday 2 June, there will be a Civic Jubilee launch event, hosted by the Mayor of Preston at the Preston Flag Market.
This family event begins at 9pm with a parade of Preston Air Cadets and Preston Sea Cadets. The evening will continue with performances and entertainment from Preston’s diverse communities.
There will be tributes from Preston Faith Leaders to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II throughout the evening, as well as performances from Preston Caribbean Carnival, Preston City Mela and Preston Musical Comedy Society.
The evening will conclude with the lighting of the official Platinum Jubilee beacon at 9:45 p.m., followed by the national anthem.
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Preston’s new Mayor, Councilor Neil Darby, said: “I am delighted to preside over Preston’s Civic Jubilee celebrations. This historic occasion to see our Monarch celebrate her 70 years as Sovereign is a special moment. A weekend filled with family, cultural and community activities is planned to mark this event.
“The beacon lighting will allow communities across the UK and beyond to join together, paying homage to Her Majesty. Preston is proud to be part of these celebrations, especially as they coincide with Her Majesty’s twentieth anniversary elevating us to city status.
On Saturday June 4, the annual Preston City Mela – the flagship event of the year for the city’s South Asian community – will take place at Avenham Park. This lively, family-friendly place will be filled with a variety of activities, workshops and shows.
This year, the Mela combines three celebrations: the Platinum Jubilee, Preston’s 20th anniversary city status and the Mela’s 25th anniversary.
From Bollywood to Taichi Fan, from Bhangra dancers to steel drummers and puppets, the day promises to be lively.
A variety of craft workshops will be available to participate in on the day, including wood block printing, rag mat making, ebru marbling, calligraphy, silk painting, and more.
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Sunday June 5 will see Avenham, Park host The Big Lunch, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Adapting an idea from The Eden Project, The Big Lunch aims to get as many people as possible to have lunch with their local community.
There will also be crafts and a range of food stalls offering global food selections, as well as a gin and beer cart.
It will be a family day, including a funfair, face painting, storytelling sessions, bouncy castles and an inflatable obstacle course, as well as a plant and garden show.
The day will also include 12 stage acts to keep everyone in the spirit of the Jubilee weekend.
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