Call for whole town to get Corby shipshape for Queen’s visit

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Corby will be rolling out the red carpet for the Queen – and you can help make it a right royal occasion.

The town is to be dressed up in red, white and blue for the royal visit on June 13 or June 14, and Corby Council has started to urge residents and companies to fly the flag.

Cllr John McGhee, chairman of the Corby Celebration 2012 Forum, which is co-ordinating the big celebration, said: “We want to see the town looking its best and we would welcome help with street banners, extra planting, bunting and flags. We are hoping schools will be involved and a meeting is being arranged to discuss their part on the big day.”

The Queen and Prince Philip are visiting Corby as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour of the UK.

And with the visit just days after the Diamond Jubilee Bank Holiday from June 2 to June 5, the bunting and flags will still be flying after scores of parties.

Most of the sheltered housing schemes in Corby are holding Diamond Jubilee parties when hundreds of senior citizens will be remembering the Coronation.

The council will also be running buses to Corby’s big jubilee event in Coronation Park on Monday, June 4, for sheltered housing scheme residents who want to attend.

Ian Russell, manager of Shire Lodge Nursing Homes, said: “Our residents remember the Coronation and we’ll be holding a party to celebrate.”

David McInnes, chairman of Kingwood Neighbourhood Association, said: “We are holding a community barbecue and disco to celebrate the jubilee and bring the whole community together.”

Margaret Taylor, of the Ace Over 50s Club, which is also holding a jubilee party, said: “We’ll all be in our red, white and blue. It means a great deal to us that the Queen and Prince Philip are coming to Corby.”