Getting ready to party with Her Majesty!

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THOUSANDS of people all over the Mercury area will be taking part in events to celebrate the Queen’s diamond jubilee this summer.

In stamford, the town’s annual festival has been moved to coincide with the royal celebrations.

The popular Stamford Kiwanis Festival of Floats, scheduled for Saturday, June 2, will have a kings and queens theme while Stamford and District Lions’ family fun day on Sunday, June 3, will have a fancy dress competition for princes and princesses.

The Lions are also looking for people who were born on Coronation Day, June 2, 1953, to judge the annual baby show.

The fun day will feature the usual attractions such as a car boot sale and funfair, plus new events like a mountain bike display team, a climbing wall, and a five-a-side Under 8s football tournament.

Lions member Jane McKee said: “The family fun day is about fun and entertainment that doesn’t cost anything. It is not going to break the budget.”

If you were born on June 2, 1953, call Jane on 07946 629098 or e-mail

Stamford Town Partnership will hold a street party-style feast on The Meadows on Monday, June 4.

Stamford Feast took place for the first time last May and was a huge success, attracting more than 8,000 people to enjoy a variety of cuisines. This year the event will tie in with The Big Lunch, which is organised by the Eden Project in Cornwall, and aims to bring people together in a street party atmosphere.

Partnership co-chairman Philip Sagar said: “Stamford Feast The Big Lunch is a really exciting project, which is being organised by the town partnership in co-operation with Stamford Town Council.

“It will be the same sort of style as last year but hopefully with more of a street party style. Most Big Lunch events are taking place on Sunday, June 3, but we didn’t want to clash with other events. We hope it will be a big success again.”

Ali Hawley-Smith, who is organising the event on behalf of the partnership, is hoping to attract sponsorship for the event. Call 07791 334221 or e-mail

In Bourne, Brenda and Jim Jones, of Bourne Civic Society, are hoping to run a diamond jubilee exhibition at Baldock’s Mill in South Street.

In Deeping st James the parish council has applied for permission to install and light a beacon in the open space in Thackers Way. The council wants to rename the site Jubilee Park.

In market deeping a picnic is being planned for John Eve Field and Glebe Field. The town council hopes to resurrect the races and events held in Market Deeping for the original coronation celebrations.

In Oakham the town partnership is organising a diamond jubilee party in Cutts Close while in Uppingham, the town council is holding a similar event on Tod’s Piece.

In Gretton members of the Woodland Trust are holding a community tree planting day to mark the jubilee.

In easton-on-the-hill the parish council is looking at the possibility of giving a leather bookmark to each child and a celebration lunch will be held in bulwick.

On June 29 a one- night art show will celebrate Britain at the Stamford Arts Centre.

Being British will be hosted by The Children’s Society’s Art Pop-up Project and will explore what it means to live in Britain.