More details revealed about the Queen’s visit to Corby

The Queen and Prince Philip are to visit Corby Cube and the Olympic swimming pool when they come to the town next month.

Hundreds of young people and representatives from community groups involved in the visit, along with thousands of well-wishers expected to flock into the town centre, will give them a warm Corby welcome.

The visit on Wednesday, June 13, is part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee tour of the East Midlands and has taken months to plan.

Chris Stephenson, Corby Council’s head of culture and leisure, said: “The Queen and Prince Philip will be in Corby for a short time but we wanted to involve as many people as possible.

“We wanted to make it a community event and we hope the royal visitors’ lasting impression of the town will be its friendliness, warmth and vibrancy.”

The Queen and Prince Philip will arrive at Parkland Gateway to the sound of the bagpipes and in the pool complex they will be treated to dancing and acquatic displays involving 200 young people.

The Queen is to unveil a commemorative plaque outside the Corby Cube where there will be displays of Irish and Highland dancing.

In The Core theatre there will be a 10-minute performance involving young singers and dancers from Corby and the royal visitors will also be shown a photographic display of this weekend’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, taking place all over the borough.

Leader of Corby Council, Tom Beattie, said: “We are very excited and honoured that the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will be able to have a look around our state-of-the-art swimming facility and the iconic Corby Cube. The borough has come a long way since the Queen last visited in 2001 and I think this will be a day that everyone in Corby will be proud of.

“This is going to be a special event in Corby’s history and we are looking forward to residents, near and far, coming along to help us welcome our royal visitors.”

Huge screens will be put up in Corporation Street and on the roundabout at the junction of George Street and Westcott Way so that the crowds can see the Queen and Prince Philip during their time in the pool complex and The Cube.