Sponsorship needed for Jubilee celebrations

Wetherby Town Council is appealing for sponsorship to fund its Diamond Jubilee celebrations next year.

The council, which has underwritten £10,000 to fund the weekend events, is hoping to raise the money in time for the launch ceremony next year.

The town’s jubilee celebrations - which will mark the 60 year reign of Queen Elizabeth - will take place between June 2 and 5 and is organised by Wetherby Town Council.

Town Mayor Cindy Bentley told the Wetherby News: “This is a once in a lifetime event for us here in Wetherby and we are unlikely to ever see this again.

“Therefore I think we need to celebrate in style and show people what a proud town Wetherby is.

“We are keen to engage the local community and businesses in the coming weeks.”

“We are also hoping to make the events free for people to enjoy so raising funds and support is our top priority at the moment.”

Town Clerk Barbara Ball added that around £1,500 has already been raised towards the cost of the celebrations.

Jubilee celebrations planned for the weekend so far include a launch ceremony in Market Place on Saturday June 2, with the unveiling of a permanent memorial.

On Monday June 4 an £8,000 open-air Last night of the Proms is been planned in the Riverside car park, which will include a full orchestra and firework finale.

The Town Hall will also be open over the weekend with a display of memorabilia from the 1950s onwards.

What do you think? Is it worth spending thousands on the Diamond Jubilee? Email your views to wetherby.news@ypn.co.uk