Dereham gears up to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Don't miss out on the chance to join in Dereham's big town centre party to celebrate the Queen's diamond jubilee. That's the plea from organisers, who are putting together plans for a community event on Sunday, June 3 that aims to be the town's biggest-ever barbecue, with a mass singing of the National Anthem.

Fun is the keyword for the day, and it is hoped that all sorts of organisations will stage traditional games. Market Place will be closed off, and the event will be based on the annual Christmas lights switch-on festivities.

The Times is supporting the event, which is being organised by a partnership that includes Dereham Churches Together and Dereham Town Council, with backing from the police.

The team also wants to hear from shops, groups and people interested in entertainment and in decking the town centre with bunting.

Jon Beardon, who is chairing a planning group, said: 'We want it to be a great event for the people of the town and to be lots of fun.'

The plan is to have a flat-bed trailer in Market Place for the entertainment, including a performance by the Dereham Town Singers. They aim to lead the biggest singing of the National Anthem the town has seen in most people's living memory.

The singers are starting their rehearsals next Wednesday at Neatherd High School.

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For more information email or ring Mr Beardon at the Wellspring Family Centre on 01362 854581.

Freelance designer Adam Moore has designed the logo for the event. To contact him email

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