Excitement mounts over big royal party

Corby, The Core choir auditions: Gareth Fuller, with the choir hopefulls.'28/05/12

Corby, The Core choir auditions: Gareth Fuller, with the choir hopefulls.'28/05/12

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EXCITEMENT is mounting as Corby prepares to throw a huge celebration to welcome the Queen and Prince Philip to the town.

The aim is to make the visit on Wednesday, June 13, a big community celebration.

The royal visitors will be shown the Olympic swimming pool and The Cube, where they will enjoy a 10-minute performance in The Core theatre by local singers, dancers and musicians.

An acquatic display is being staged involving a cast of 250 swimmers, divers and dancers from the Corby Steel Diving Club, the pool’s rookie lifeguard scheme, the Deepwater workout group, members of staff and the public and the Shape dance scheme.

Pool manager Liz Hudson said: “Everyone is really excited. It’s going to be terrific.”

May Cardwell, who has run the Shape dance scheme for 42 years, said: “We will have 150 dancers doing a routine to the Bobby Darin song Splish Splash and it will look amazing.

“Dancers have been rehearsing for weeks but they didn’t know what for, just that it was going to be something big.”

During the visit the Queen and Prince Philip will be treated to displays by five Highland dancing schools,the Carey School of Irish Dancing and the Costello School of Irish Dance. Kevin Costello said: “We are over the moon to be taking part.”

Inside The Cube the royal visitors will see a display by hundreds of Corby schoolchildren who took part in a Flowers for the Queen project.

Pupils were asked to draw a flower and one lucky boy and girl, whose names will be drawn from a hat tomorrow, will present the Queen with bouquets.

Studfall Infants School headteacher Angela Brinkman, said: “About 200 of our pupils made flowers. They are so excited about the visit.”