A flotilla, live music and fireworks included in plans for jubilee celebrations in Wells

A flotilla, live music, beacon lighting and fireworks will all feature in celebrations in the Wells area.

On Saturday, the afternoon high tide will carry a procession of vessels of all shapes and sizes from the Lifeboat House and into the Quay area in a continuous line. Take along your own tables and chairs for Tea on the Quay throughout the Saturday.

There will be live music at The Buttlands in the evening, finishing with the National Anthem and fireworks.

The Wells Jubilee Flotilla will see boats decorated with flags and bunting, and there will be stalls, street entertainers and live music on the Quay.

Smaller craft, such as rowing boats, will be permitted. To register for the flotilla call 01328 711646.


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Several other events will also be organised over by Wells Street Party, a group formed last year to organise the town's royal wedding celebrations.

The festivities start tomorrow with the Wells at War Blitz Dance and Dinner at The Maltings, at 7.30pm. Tickets are �8, and proceeds go to The Wells Maltings Trust; call 01328 839000.

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On Saturday, there will also be a jubilee brunch at The Globe from 10am accompanied by a string quartet. Tickets are �12.50; call 01328 710206 to reserve yours.

On Sunday, there will be a diamond jubilee celebration at St Nicholas's Parish Church from 6.30pm, organised by Churches Together.

The Rev Colin Garwood, who will conduct the service, will also be celebrating the diamond jubilee year of his ordination. Mr Garwood was ordained at Staines, Middlesex on June 21, 1952 and later ministered at Southend, in Essex, and at Bexhill, on the South Coast. He retired to Fakenham in 1992 and served the Fakenham Methodist Church for the year 1996-7, and moved to Wells in 2006.

He was the founder and, until recently, the conductor, of the Methodist Circuit Choir. Representatives of all aspects of Wells civic and social life and well as the wider public are expected at the service.

On Monday, Wells and District Lions will hold a spring fayre on The Buttlands. Call 01328 710553 for a pitch.

Wells Harbour Commissioners will light a beacon at around 10pm. There will be a live band and hog roast from 8pm. Call 07775 483700 if you are interested in holding a stall on the Quay during the celebrations.

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