Villages are all set for a right Royal knees-up

Courtney Sait, Paul Cunningham, Diane Cooksley, Iona Bebb and Kate Goodman look forward to the jubilee
Courtney Sait, Paul Cunningham, Diane Cooksley, Iona Bebb and Kate Goodman look forward to the jubilee

Villagers from across Corby borough and the Welland Valley are getting ready to celebrate a momentous year in style.

East Carlton, Weldon, Gretton and Wilbarston are among the villages near Corby which have already announced their plans to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

In East Carlton, there will be a garden party at the cricket club with a theme of Diamonds and Pearls on Saturday, June 2.

And the village is also holding a family-friendly Olympic games event on August 5.

Diane Cooksley is one of the organising committee members for both events.

She said: “We are doing the Diamond Jubilee party and we thought we would do the Olympics as well. Last year we did a garden party for the Royal wedding with long rows of tables, and we had 160 people there.

“We are hoping to get a similar response this year as well. It’s all covered – we just want people coming now.

“For the Olympics we want to do things like egg and spoon racing and welly wanging – things the children can get involved with as well as the adults.”

Weldon’s festivities will see a Day at the Races-themed tea party on Monday, June 4, in the village hall.

There will also be a bouncy castle, a vintage car show and ice-cream tokens for the children.

And some streets in the village are holding their own jubilee lunch on Sunday, June 3.

Parish councillor Janet Gibson said: “Preparations are coming together nicely with most of the village community groups playing a part. The Royal wedding tea party was such a hit last year we have decided to make the jubilee just as big for all to enjoy.

“Weldon will be lighting its own beacon to celebrate the occasion just like the Queen will be doing after her concert outside Buckingham Palace.”

In Gretton, a huge street party will take place along the length of Kirby Road on June 4.

And in Wilbarston residents are planning a street party for June 3, with a group of volunteers set to craft more than 150 metres of bunting to line the route.

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