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jubileeGillingham will be celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in style this week, including during the four-day bank holiday from Thursday 2 June to Sunday 5 June.

The events mark Elizabeth II’s 70 years as monarch but also serve to commemorate her visit to Gillingham on July 3 1952, just a short time after she became Queen.

To celebrate the occasion Gillingham Town Council has produced a souvenir programme which has been handed out to local residents.

In her foreword to it the new mayor Councillor Sharon Cullingford says: “The Queen is the longest reigning monarch in our history – what a huge achievement! So, as we come together as a proud nation to witness and celebrate the Platinum Jubilee, it is time for us all to join the celebrations and give our thanks for the Queen’s loyal and selfless reign over the past 70 years.”

Programme of events:

Tuesday May 31
9.30 am – 5.00 pm
Arts, Crafts & Tea
Location: Gillingham Town Library, Chantry Fields.
Bunting & decoration making in the morning.
Tea Party and further craft activities in the afternoon.

Thursday June 2
9.30 pm – 10.00 pm
Lighting the Beacons
Location: Hardings Lane Recreation Ground. The Gussage Piper will play at 9.35pm before the beacon is lit at 9.45pm.

Friday June 3
10.30 am – 12.30 pm
Civic Parade

10.30am – The Parade congregates at the Town Hall, School Road, Gillingham.

11.00am – The Parade leaves School Road, marching down the High Street.

11.20am – Church Service commences at the Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin.

12.00pm – The Parade reforms outside the Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin and returns to the Town Hall, where the event concludes.

June 3
Jubilee Pimms & Cider
All day
Location: Royal British Legion Club, School Road, Gillingham. Entertainment from The Land Girls at 8pm.

Sunday June 5
11.30 am – 3.30 pm
Big Jubilee Picnic
Location: Gillingham Town Meadow. Food stalls available or bring your own picnic. Includes Children’s fancy dress competition – Children’s Characters from the past 70 years.

Other events include:

A best-dressed windows theme with a 1950s theme – organised by the Gillingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Window spotting competition – organised by the Gillingham Carnival Committee.

Gillingham Museum – display of a 1950s living room and much more.

Gillingham Library Display – ‘books of the decade’ through the seven decades of the Queen’s reign.

For more information: visit the Gillingham Town Council Facebook page.

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