MUSIC is set to be at the centre of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in Lyme Regis, with Jazz Jurassica teaming up with the town council to plan a weekend of special events.
The Queen’s 70-year reign will be marked in June 2022 with Platinum Jubilee events across the country over a four-day Bank Holiday weekend.
The late May Bank Holiday will be moved to Thursday, June 2 with an additional Bank Holiday on Friday, June 3.
Jazz Jurassica – Lyme Regis’ annual jazz and blues festival – has traditionally taken place over the late May Bank Holiday weekend and is planning to move to the June weekend in 2022.
To avoid a clash of events, organisers of Jazz Jurassica and Lyme Regis Town Council have now agreed to work together to plan a special weekend of events.
National programme of jubilee events
The government has confirmed that, nationally, celebrations will feature an extensive programme of events that mix British ceremonial traditions and pageantry with artistic and technological displays, alongside traditional celebrations in local communities.
It is likely there will be a schedule of events taking place across the country at specific times, such as the lighting of beacons, ringing of church bells and town cries.
These could all be worked into a programme in Lyme Regis alongside the usual weekend of live music seen at Jazz Jurassica.
The council has now nominated Cllrs Kelsey Ellis, David Sarson, Cheryl Reynolds, Michaela Ellis and the mayor Brian Larcombe to form a working group.
They will work with Julie Shepherd of Jazz Jurassica, along with other interested parties, to organise the programme of local events.
The council has also agreed to a budget of £8,000 for the Platinum Jubilee – money which was previously set aside to hold a residents’ weekend, which has not yet taken place due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Meanwhile, plans are well underway to stage Jazz Jurassica this year over the weekend of May 28 to 31.
The festival was cancelled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic but organisers are hopefully it will be able to go ahead this year after receiving a modest grant from the Arts Council.
For more information visit the website www.jazzjurassica.co.uk