Petworth plans celebrations for Queen’s diamond jubilee

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Petworth town councillors are planning to celebrate the Queen’s diamond jubilee in the town centre on June 3 next year.

Town clerk Jean Huggett told a meeting a small group had been formed to plan the party of the year, which was being chaired by Lord Egremont.

The day is planned to start with an ecumenical service in St Mary’s church at 11am.

This would be followed by a ‘bring your own lunch’ party in Market Square when Mary Fox had offered to make cakes as she did for the royal wedding celebrations earlier this year. She said the town’s Co-op store had also offered to provide tea for the occasion.

There would be gallopers for the children, balloon magic from Peter Bromley and music from Trad Jazz with Willie Austen performing in the evening.

Town crier Mike Hubbard will be in attendance.

Town councillors have been asked to put their thinking caps on and come up with ideas for a permanent commemoration of the Queen’s diamond jubilee and these will be discussed at their next meeting.