A WEEKEND of spectacular events in Lyme Regis will mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June.
Plans are coming together for an exciting programme of music, entertainment and community celebration to honour The Queen’s 70 years of service to the country and Commonwealth.
Over the weekend of June 2 to 5, Lyme Regis will join the nation in marking the historic occasion, with a big finale event on Sunday, June 5.
The events are being hosted by Lyme Regis Town Council, in partnership with Lyme Regis Regatta and Carnival Committee, Jazz Jurassica and the Marine Theatre.
The celebrations begin on Thursday, June 2 with a torchlight procession, when the glow of more than 300 blazing torches will illuminate the Langmoor and Lister Gardens as the sun sets.
Led by the mayor and the town crier, the procession will move through the seafront gardens and onto the beach to make a spectacular ring of fire.
As darkness falls, the mayor will be escorted to the harbour’s north wall to set the town’s beacon ablaze.
Entertainment will come across the weekend from Jazz Jurassica, which opens on Thursday, June 2 and features performances at the Marine Theatre and free open-air concerts on the seafront.
Sunday, June 5 is the main event of the Platinum Jubilee weekend, starting with the Jubilee Picnic in the seafront gardens in the late afternoon.
The public are invited to bring their own picnics to enjoy with a view of Lyme Bay, while being entertained by local performers on the seafront rooftop.
Music will come from the talented young musicians of B Sharp and the traditional brass strains of Lyme Regis Town Band, as well as dancing from Lyme Morris.
As evening falls, all attention will turn to the main stage on the beach, where the spectacular BBC Big Band will perform.
The orchestra comprises of 18 or more musicians, including a full brass section and vocalists, in full black tie, playing a wide repertoire of genres, from Rat Pack, to swing and Last Night at the Proms.
There will, of course, be some rousing British songs to celebrate the occasion, including the National Anthem to close the evening.
Following the BBC Big Band’s performance, a magnificent fireworks display over the Cobb will round off the weekend’s celebrations with a bang.
‘Spectacular weekend of celebrations’
Cllr David Sarson, chairman of the council’s Queen’s Platinum Jubilee working group, said: “This is set to be a truly spectacular weekend of celebrations in Lyme Regis.
“We believe the events will be a fitting way to mark this historic occasion and honour the remarkable service The Queen has given to this country.
“Earlier in the year the town council planted more than 70 new trees in Lyme Regis in a scheme called the Queen’s Green Canopy. Those trees will create a legacy in honour of The Queen’s leadership of the nation, which will benefit future generations.
“We hope the celebrations on the weekend of June 2 to 5 will also be remembered for many years to come and provide lasting memories of this once-in-a-lifetime occasion for Britain’s longest reigning Monarch.”
Other events in Lyme Regis will include a jubilee cream tea for the over 70s on Wednesday, June 1, a jubilee bingo night on Friday, June 3, and children’s activities at Lyme Regis Library.
Uplyme will be hosting a jubilee picnic party on the King George V playing field from 2pm on Sunday, June 5 and a flower festival will be held in the village church across the jubilee weekend.
Charmouth will be hosting a 1950s theme jubilee tea party for its senior citizens on Wednesday, June 1, as well as taking part in the national lighting of beacons on the evening on Thursday, June 2.
And don’t forget Jazz Jurassica!
Adding to the celebratory atmosphere over the jubilee weekend, Jazz Jurassica is back with a stellar line-up of live music.
Tickets for headline acts at the Marine Theatre are available from jazzjurassica.co.uk but there is also a full programme of free concerts on the seafront – don’t miss it!
Businesses encouraged to join in celebrations
Lyme Regis Town Council is inviting local businesses to join in with the festivities and make the weekend a whole town celebration.
Union Jack flags are already lining the town centre and the lights in the seafront gardens will switch to red, white and blue for the celebrations.
Businesses are being encouraged to dress their premises in flags, bunting and patriotic decorations.
Food outlets could run special offers on British classics such as cream teas, roast beef and fish and chips, while pubs could offer discounts on British ales and wines or invent one-off Jubilee cocktails.
Shops may choose to promote books by British authors, offer discounts on paintings by British artists, or run special offers on handmade gifts crafted in Britain.
The Jubilee Picnic is taking place on Sunday 5 June at 4pm in the seafront gardens so this may be an opportunity for food and drink outlets to offer ready-made picnic hampers.
Cllr Sarson said: “It’s a great opportunity for businesses to show off the best of British and will hopefully provide a welcome boost on what we expect to be a very busy weekend.
“We’re anticipating lots of visitors to the town over the weekend, especially on the Sunday when we have our focal events, and we’d love to be able to show them that Lyme Regis really knows how to put on a party.
“Plus it’s an opportunity for local residents to come together for this once-in-a-lifetime event.”
JUBILEE DIARY DATES:
Monday, May 30
Children’s Craft Jubilee Special
Lyme Regis Library, 2pm to 5pm
A fun afternoon of royal themed craft activities. Free, drop in event, open to all. For details call 01297 443151.
Wednesday, June 1
Over 70s Jubilee Cream Tea
Woodmead Halls, 2pm
The Over 70s Christmas Lunch Committee host this special jubilee cream tea. Last minute tickets may still be available by calling 01297 443942.
LEGO Club Jubilee Special
Lyme Regis Library, 2pm to 5pm
An afternoon of royal themed building with bricks. All welcome, suitable for ages five and above. For details call 01297 443151.
1950s Jubilee Tea Party
Charmouth Village Hall, 2pm
This party is for residents of Charmouth over the age of 50. They are welcome to dress in 1950s style clothes for music, coronation chicken, trifle, bubbles and lots more. The Lyme Bay Moonrakers will be singing sea shanties and lead the national anthem.
Thursday, June 2
The Queen’s Jubilee Flower Festival
Uplyme Church, 9am to dusk
Uplyme Church celebrates the jubilee with a flower festival, with all proceeds going towards repair of the church clock and Uplyme Church Flower Group. Refreshments available. Open everyday until June 5.
Jubilee Torchlight Procession & Beacon Lighting
Langmoor Gardens, 9.30pm
Join in this iconic event as participants walk with flaming torches through Langmoor Gardens down to the seafront and on to the sandy beach, followed by the lighting of a beacon on North Wall by the Mayor of Lyme Regis. Reserve your torches at lymeregiscarnival.co.uk/platinumjubileetorchlight
Jubilee Beacon Lighting
Charmouth Beach, 9.45pm
Charmouth joins the national lighting of beacons on the beach, organised by Charmouth Parish Council.
Friday, June 3
Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Bingo
Woodmead Halls, 8pm
Grab a dabber, eyes down for a special jubilee themed bingo. All proceeds to local community groups.
Nag’s Head, 9pm
Popular local duo Guilty Pleasure play live at The Nag’s Head. Jubilee drink special – jug of Pimm’s for £10!
Saturday, June 4
Nag’s Head, 9pm
Unknown Identity play live at The Nag’s Head. Jubilee drink special – jug of Pimm’s for £10!
Sunday, June 5
Songs of Praise Service
St Michael’s Parish Church, 11am
A special jubilee service with songs accompanied by Lyme Regis Town Band and the Mayor of Lyme Regis and councillors in attendance.
Uplyme Jubilee Party
King George V Playing Field, 2pm
A village party to celebrate the Queen’s 70th jubilee and a chance to get together with friends old and new. Bring your picnic to the field and enjoy the activities, music and competitions laid on for your amusement!
Jubilee Picnic in the Gardens
Langmoor Gardens, 4pm
Grab a picnic and join with friends and family to enjoy an al fresco lunch in the Langmoor and Lister Gardens, with entertainment from Lyme Regis Town Band, B Sharp and Lyme Morris.
BBC Big Band Orchestra
Lyme Regis Beach, 7.30pm
A spectacular open-air performance by the BBC Big Band, comprising 18 or more musicians, including a full brass section and vocalists, in full black tie, playing a wide repertoire of genres, from rat pack, to swing and Last Night at the Proms.
Jubilee Fireworks Display
The Cobb, 10pm
Rounding off the jubilee celebrations will be a spectacular fireworks display, best viewed from the beach, seafront or Langmoor and Lister Gardens.