WETHERBY area is staging a host of celebrations to mark the Diamond Jubilee.
The Wetherby News has been publicising activities and the groups behind them throughout the past year and the excitement is building for a joyous weekend to mark the Queen’s 60-year reign.
From parties to displays of memorabilia, the town, Tadcaster and villages around the area are putting the final touches to the big weekend.
Bardsey - June 1, Bardsey School, It’s a Knock Out; All Hallows, flower festival and scarecrows around village.
June 2, 10am-noon, Bardsey Bowling Club and Tennis Cllub open morning; 11am Bardsey School maypole dancing, Jubilee Queen Parade to All Hollows; 7.30pm, Bardsey Village Hall, Best of British fancy dress party.
June 4, Bardsey Sports Club, 2-5pm, family friendly fun and lighton of beacon at Bardsey Church.
5, Hillbark, church Lanes, Cheese and wine evening.
Boston Spa - June 2, Village Hall, Jubilee Jazz night; June 4, 7-10.30pm, Stables Lane Playing Fields, entertainment including Mel Swales Jubilee Stompers, face painting, hog roast and finish at 10.30pm, fireworks display.
Bramham - June 2, playing field in Aberford Road, 12-5pm, gala including Elaine Hills sheepdogs and supreme Starlet Majorettes.
June 3, 11am, War Memorial, short ceremony to celebrate the Jubilee.
June 4, Windmill Hill, 10.26pm Nick Lane Fox from Bramham Park will light the Jubilee beacon. There will be drinks and food available.
Church Fenton - June 4, Village Hall, 9.30am, displays and bacon sandwiches; 9.30am, Historical documents on display in Chapel, guided tours of Church Bell Tower; 10am, Ring of Pennies round the church started, St Mary’s Baking Belle’s Jubilee cake stall, Children’s Quest; 11am, First mock coronation procession through village to church, school field open for fun day and picnic, light lunches in the chapel; 11.30am, face painting and flag making, musical display from ATS; 1.30-2.30pm sports and activities at the school; 3pm, second mock coronation - procession from the school to the church; 4pm, guided tours of the church; 8pm, 50’s themed dance at Village Hall.
June 5, 9.30am, Village Hall displays open; 9.30am, Historical documents in Chapel; 10am (all day), ring of Pennies round the church, St Mary’s Baking Belle’s Jubilee Cake stall, Children’s Quest; 11am, guided tours of the church; 11.30am, Light Lunches, Chapel; 1pm, guided tours, church.
Collingham - June 1, Scout Field, Harewood Road, 7pm, pageant; 2, Scout Field, 2pm Dep Lor Leiut Gordon Tollefson meets 27 residents who have lived in Collingham for 60 years; 7pm, pageant including Collingham Lady Singers, Collingham Band and Ellis School of Dance.
East Keswick - June 3, Village Hall, 2-6pm, Jubilee garden party; 7.30p-11pm Village Hall, family disco with hog roast.
Sicklinghall - June 4, 2pm, village picnic.
Spofforth - June 1, All Saint’s Church, Flower Festival; history of Spofforth, Village Hall.
June 3, Street party for over 60s, Village Hall; family fun afternoon, Castle Field.
June 4, Castle Field, 7pm, picnic in the park; 10pm, lighting Jubilee Beacon, followed by fireworks.
Tadcaster - June 1, Tadcaster Albion ground, 3.30pm Family Fun Launch Party including Peppa Pig and Bob the Builder, Punch and Judy, games, and official crowning of the Carnival Queen; 8pm, Tadcaster Albion ground, Soul T’s live funky soul band from 8pm.
Thorner - June 2, from noon, Fancy dress and bike decorating parade starting at the Beehive to the Millenium Green; 12.55pm Crowning of the Jubilee King and Queen, Activities throughout the afternoon at the Millenium Green; evening, Grand Diamond Jubilee ball at the Victory Hall.
June 3 starts at 9.45am bell ringing at St Peters church and parade from the ford to the church; 10am, church service; 11am, coffee and tea at Parish Centre; 11am onwards, Art exhibition in St Peters church; 1pm, Parish centre Tea Dance; 2pm, sports day on Millenium Green; 7pm, free open air Intermezzo Concert on the Millenium Green.
June 4, 9am, judging of the best decorated house competition; 10am, classic vehicles display along main Street; noon, street party on Millenium Green; 1pm, presentation of commemorative mugs to all village children; 1.30pm, performance of New World Steel orchestra; 2pm, visit of Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Yorkshire; 2pm, talent show and Second World War Spitfire fly past; 3pm, guided tour of historical places in the village; 10pm, beacon lighting followed by celebratory peal of bells; 10.45pm, fireworks display.
June 5, over 60’s golden jubilee open day.
Wetherby - June 2, Town Hall, 10.30am, launch featuring the Wetherby Silver Band and High School choir; 11am, Wetherby Town Hall, display of photographs, entries and winners of the jubilee logo competition; 11.30-4pm, Jubilee Gardens and Georgian Bath House - birds of prey, display of vintage postcards; noon, St James Church Rooms - Wetherby Lions Beer Festival; 3pm, Scaur Bank, plaque unveiling on the Diamond Jubilee Oak Tree; 4pm, The Ings - Battle of the Bands and Hog Roast.
June 3, 10.30am, Open air church service; 11am-4pm, Town Hall, display of photographs; 11.30am-6pm, Market Place, Street Party and bands; 2-4p, Wilderness bandstand, Altofts and Normanton Brass Band; 4pm, Red Lion Yard, tug-of-War final.
June 4, 9.30am, Town Hall, decorated bicycle competition and procession; 10.30am, The Ings, parade and judging of decorated bicycles; 11am-3pm, the Ings, children’s sports day and country fair; 8pm, The Ings, Last Night of the Proms with firework finale, featuring Leeds Symphony Orchestra.