THE Queen and Prince Philip are to arrive in Corby at 3pm on Wednesday, it has been announced.
The countdown has started to the royal visit and well-wishers are being advised to get to the spectator areas as early as possible on the day.
Thousands of people are expected to flood into Corby town centre to see the Queen and Prince Philip as they are shown round Corby swimming pool and The Cube.
Two huge screens are being put up in Corporation Street and in Westcott way to show the crowds exactly what the royal visitors will be enjoying.
An aquatic display will be held in the pool and a 10-minute performance will be staged in The Core theatre, involving local singers, dancers and entertainers.
The Mayor of Corby Mohammad Rahman, said: “With less than a week until the Queen comes to Corby the excitement is really building. We are expecting thousands of visitors to fill the Parkland Gateway area ready for the royal party to arrive around 3pm so we are advising people to get into position in plenty of time. With the big screens in place we are trying to ensure that everyone sees a part of the visit, inside the buildings and out.
“We are looking forward to all of the bunting and banners going up on Monday which is sure to get everyone in the mood to celebrate the Jubilee visit.”
Parts of Jubilee Avenue, Westcott Way and George Street will be closed for the visit and park and ride bus services to the town centre will be operating from Asda and Morrisons supermarkets.
Depending on the weather, free car parks are also being provided at Woodsend, behind Hazel Leys Neighbourhood Centre, and at Abington Park, both within easy walking distance of the town centre.
More than 360 metres of bunting has been ordered and will be put up inside and outside of the pool and The Cube, along with 10 huge banners that will hang from lampposts.
Peter Toseland, of Islay Walk, Corby, said: “I’m really looking forward to the royal visit. It’s great for the town and helps lift its profile. It’s been a while since the Queen was in Corby, so we’ll be giving her a warm welcome.
“I’ll be up in the town centre with the rest of the crowds and I hope the weather improves for the big day.”
Many schools in the town were waiting for the time of the visit to be announced to enable them to make a decision on whether or not to close early on Wednesday.