You’re all invited to join the party

Members of the audience at the first meeting of the Corby 2012 Celebration Forum
Members of the audience at the first meeting of the Corby 2012 Celebration Forum

The party of a lifetime is planned to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee visit and the Olympics – and you’re all invited.

A forum has been set up to make sure no one misses out on Corby’s celebrations and firms, community groups, schools and residents, young and old, are asked to help make it a year to remember.

The first meeting of the Corby 2012 Celebration Forum was held at the Cube on Wednesday when scores of people turned up to hear what is planned.

The Queen will be visiting Corby on either Wednesday, June 13, or Thursday, June 14, with the Duke of Edinburgh, as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour of the UK. On Monday, July 2, the Olympic Torch will pass through the town, marking the start of the build-up to the opening ceremony on July 27.

Cllr John McGhee, leader member for community, said: “This is a great year for Corby and we don’t want anyone to be left out.”

Details of the Queen’s visit are still to be announced but all the stops will be pulled out to ensure Corby looks its best for the royal occasion.

The council has secured £15,000 funding for 48 huge Olympic banners for the torch relay but it is hoped they will be up in time for the Queen’s visit. The Olympic Torch route has not been announced but it will be in the town for about an hour and thousands of residents are expected to line the streets to greet it.

To mark the Queen’s Jubilee a huge street party is being held in the town centre on Sunday, June 3, and on Monday, June 4, a 50s-style party is being held in Coronation Park, organised by the friends of the park.

Its chairman Cyril Sellars said: “We want everyone to get their 50s clothes on and come to the party.”

On July 7 and July 14 Corby Sports Forum will be staging demonstrations in the town centre, involving more than 20 local clubs and there will be sporting challenges involving hundreds of local youngsters.

The Core theatre is also planning a range of events under the banner The Best of British.

Corby Council has £5,000 for individual grants of up to £250 to help groups organise Olympic and Diamond Jubilee events.

Everyone planning a celebration is urged to attend the next forum meeting at the Cube on Thursday, March 29, at 5.30pm.