Plans revealed for £20,000 celebrations to mark Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in Lyme Regis

Queen Elizabeth IIPLANS to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in Lyme Regis, at a cost of £20,000, have been revealed.

The town council this week approved plans for the celebrations in June 2022, which will mark the Queen’s 70 years on the throne.

Councillors set aside a budget of £20,000 for the “once in a lifetime event”, which they said would create a memorable legacy for the council.

The highlight of the extended Bank Holiday weekend will be a concert by the BBC Big Band orchestra on a stage to be erected on the beach.

The BBC Big Band performs regularly at most of the UK’s major music festivals, including the BBC Proms, Cheltenham, Edinburgh, Harrogate, Brecon and as an Associate Ensemble at Town Hall Birmingham.

It comprises of 18-plus musicians who play jazz, swing and Rat Pack classics in full black tie.

For a fee of £10,000 the band will be playing a 75-minute set on the beach, finished with a firework display costing an additional £3,800.

The cost of the stage, PA, lighting and sound equipment will bring the total cost of the event to £20,400.

To create a four-day weekend for the jubilee, the late May Bank Holiday will be moved to Thursday, June 2 and an additional Bank Holiday will be created on Friday, June 3.

The BBC Big Band concert in Lyme Regis will take place on Sunday, June 5 as the finale to the weekend’s celebrations.

Other events proposed include a torchlight procession, lighting of a beacon and community picnic.

The town council’s Environment Committee will be discussing taking part in the Queen’s Green Canopy scheme, a UK-wide tree-planting initiative for the jubilee.

The annual Jazz Jurassica festival will also coincide with the jubilee weekend, with a special programme of live music events being planned.

In 2012 Lyme Regis staged a weekend of celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee at no cost to the taxpayer, including a visit by two Chelsea Pensioners.­­­

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