Last minute push as Corby prepares for Queen’s visit

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Security checks, last minute paint jobs, extra cleaning and rehearsals have been taking place in Corby today as the town prepares to welcome the Queen.

She is set to arrive at 3.10pm tomorrow on a Diamond Jubilee tour of the East Midlands.

Prince Philip was to have accompanied the Queen but is unable to take part in tomorrow’s visits after his recent stay in hospital.

The Queen is to visit Corby swimming pool and The Cube and will be entertained by hundreds of local schoolchildren, singers, dancers and musicians, as well as members of sports and community groups.

But before the big day there was plenty of work to do to ensure everything runs to plan.

British Transport Police from London were assisting local officers with security checks in the precincts around The Cube.

PC Andy Harford, who was working with police dog Max, said: “We are carrying out the normal checks. It’s routine on occasions like this.”

Earlier in the day officers lift drain covers in George Street as part of the security sweep of the area.

Workmen were putting the last minute touches to paint work in Corporation Street and Jordan King, 28, of Corby firm Waterworks, was cleaning the enormous Cube windows.

He said: “I started at seven o’clock this morning and I’ve still got work to do at the swimming pool. I’ll probably be working until 10 tonight.

“Everything will look great.”

It was confirmed today that Olympic swimmer and double Commonwealth gold medallist Caitlin McClatchey is to welcome the Queen when she arrives at the pool which is to be a training camp for the Israeli Olympic swimming team.

Corby’s mayor Mohammed Rahman said: “Two of the biggest events of this year for Corby and the rest of the country is the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics.

“We are very pleased that Caitlin is coming along to meet the Queen, linking both of the events and adding to the celebrations.”

The car park which serves the Cube and the swimming pool will be closed from 8pm tonight and a spokesman for the council warned that any vehicles left there after that time may be removed.

Large screens are now in place in Corporation Street and on the Westcott Way roundabout, near The Cube, so that the thousands of well-wishers expected to flock to the town centre can enjoy the displays being stage for the Queen in the swimming pool and in The Core theatre.

The best vantage points will the Cube car park and the precincts of the civic hub and along George Street.

The Telegraph’s team of reporters and photographers will be out and about to bring you stories and photographs from the day, including the build-up, the crowds, the Queen’s stay in the town and the people she meets.

Don’t forget to follow the big day online and we’ll be tweeting from the royal celebration.