24 May 2012 Last updated at 00:00

Diamond Isle ready to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee

The Isle of Wight is set to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in style with a wide range of events planned for the extended Jubilee weekend in June.

From fetes to flower festivals, street parties to sailing regattas and concerts to cream teas – the Island offers residents and visitors a wide choice of events to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
 
The Island’s main jubilee event takes place at Appley Park in Ryde from Saturday 2 to Monday 4 June and includes the lighting of one of 3,000 celebratory beacons situated across the country. The free event promises pageantry, parades and party games from its stunning beachside location. Full event details can be found at www.iowdiamondjubilee.co.uk 
 
Communities joining together

Elsewhere on the Island, local communities are joining together to mark the Queen’s 60 years on the throne, by organising street parties. The Isle of Wight Council has received 17 road closure applications for street parties and community events. This is in addition to the 60-plus events taking place around the Island at open spaces, community centres and Island attractions. Details of events that the council has been made aware of are listed at www.iwight.com/living_here/jubilee/Local_Events/
 
The Island’s bell ringers are planning to celebrate the Jubilee by sounding the bells at the Island’s 14 bell towers between 12 noon and 3pm on Sunday 3 June. An open day recently took place at Newport Minster to recruit new ringers, this was attended by former council chairman, David Williams – who met local ringers and tested his campanology skills. 
 
Special service

Ahead of the main Jubilee Weekend, a special service of thanksgiving is being held at Newport Minster at 5pm on Monday 28 May. The Lord-Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight, Major General Martin White will be attending as the Queen’s representative on the Island. Members of the public are welcome to join the service.
 
Also, two Island boats are preparing to take part in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee River Pageant which takes place on Sunday 3 June. Island based steam launch, named Kariat -built in Cowes - and famous round-the-world ketch Gipsy Moth IV will be representing the Isle of Wight at the pageant, which will see thousands of boats of all shapes and sizes follow the royal barge along the Thames. The Island’s Lord-Lieutenant will be aboard Kariat together with Deputy Lieutenant Peter Grimaldi and selected Island cadets who will also sail on Gipsy Moth IV. It will be one of the largest flotillas ever assembled on the river.
 
Chairman of the Isle of Wight Council, Councillor Susan Scoccia, said: “The Island is really rising to the occasion and pulling out all the stops for the Diamond Jubilee. It is wonderful to see communities joining together to organise street parties and larger organisations putting on events to be proud of in celebration of our country’s history and heritage. 
 
'A very special year'

“This is a very special year for the country and here on the Island we are looking forward to celebrating the Jubilee weekend ahead of the Queen and Duke of Edinburg’s visit to the Island on 25 July – on what will be the final day of their historic tour of the country.”
 
For more information about the Diamond Jubilee and events taking place on the Isle of Wight, please visit www.iwight.com/jubilee 

The Queen is celebrating her Diamond Jubilee
The Queen is celebrating her Diamond Jubilee
Factfile
  • The Queen came to the throne on 6 February 1952 (her coronation took place on 2 June 1953).
  • Her Majesty is Queen in 15 Commonwealth realms in addition to the United Kingdom.
  • Celebrations were previously held for Her Majesty‚Äôs Silver Jubilee in 1977 and Golden Jubilee in 2002.
 
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