Bid to recreate diamond history

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ORGANISERS of one of the biggest public events to take place in Wetherby are hoping to recreate a bit of the town’s history.

In 1897, as part of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, a decorated bicycle competition was held.

Wetherby Jubilee Celebrations Logo

Wetherby Jubilee Celebrations Logo

Now Wetherby Diamond Jubilee committee is planning a similar procession and competition as part of Queen Elizabeth II’s Jubilee celebrations on Monday, June 4.

Organised by the Friends of Sandringham Park, entrants will assemble at the Town Hall and make their way down to the Wetherby Sports Association area on the Ings, where the bicycles will be judged and prizes awarded.

The competition is open to anyone, whatever their age and the Friends are hoping that there will be a massive turnout for the event.

A spokesman for the Jubilee committee said: “Once the judging is over, everyone can relax and join in a mammoth picnic on the Ings.”

Continuing the fun-packed day, during the afternoon, Wetherby Sports Association is hosting a traditional Sports Day (organised by the Wetherby Runners).

Races start at 1pm and will feature 1950s-style egg and spoon races, sack races, three-legged races, hurdles, relays and many more.

Teams of four-six are encouraged to enter before the day. Entry forms are available from local primary schools and must be returned to Claire Stubbs, Secretary, Wetherby Sports Association by May 31.

There will also be a Country Fair during the afternoon with a barrel-organ, games, rides and stalls.

Entry forms for the cycle competition are available from the Library and Wetherby Town Hall and can also be downloaded from the Jubilee website -