Thetford and Brandon gears up for Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations

The Queen's Jubilee promises to be full of colour and family fun over the extended bank holiday weekend with dozens of street parties, fetes and outdoor events being held.

Several of our market towns and villages are arranging community activities across the long weekend from June 2 to June 5.

A full day of celebrations will take place in Thetford as the town comes to together. Some 100 tables at a planned street party in Market Place on Monday, June 4 have sold out.

The day will begin with a civic parade from King's House from 10.30am to St Cuthbert's Church where a special service will take place with representatives from Thetford's twin towns across Europe including Poland, France, Germany and the Netherlands.

Following the street party, the focus will move to Melford Common and a free concert showcasing local musicians from 2.30pm. The evening will end with a ceremony to light an diamond jubilee beacon on Castle Hill and fireworks at 10.15pm.

The 2012 Brandon Carnival will be taking place on Sunday, June 3 between 11am and 6pm.

At 11.45am the carnival parade, lead by the Brandon Carnival queen and princess, will leave the front of Brandon House and make its way up the High Street towards Market Hill.

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The parade entrants will be judged as the parade makes its way through the town and the winners will be announced on Market Hill once the judges have made their decisions.

Bridgham - a community of 150 people has devised three days of Diamond Jubilee celebrations:

On Saturday, June 2, local residents will be anticipating the Queen's flotilla on the Thames by rowing down the River Thet from Harling to Whitegate Sculpture Park Bridgham for a Pimm's reception, picnic, barbecue and punt racing – all accompanied by live jazz from the Bridgham Beanos. Later that afternoon, from 3pm to 5pm there will be a tea dance, cream teas and slide show of past events in Bridgham Village Hall.

On Monday, June 4 from 1pm, there is the Big Lunch in a marquee on Mill Field, Bridgham, followed by entertainment from and attractions.

It's a Right Royal Knockout will take place on Mill Field between 1pm and 4pm on Tuesday, June 5. Six adult team games will be staged and there will also be a free children's sports event at the half-way stage and a parents' race.

Other Jubilee events


Monday, June 4 – street party, games, fancy dress and music, community centre, 1pm.


Saturday, June 2 – fete, Griston Road, 2-4.30pm

Sunday June 3 – car boot, yard sale, 10am.


Monday, June 4 – tea party, village hall, 3-5pm.


Tuesday, June 5 – Music, displays, games and food at the pavilion, noon-3pm.


Saturday, June 2 – floral display and party at The Old Rectory and St Margaret's Church from 2.30pm.

Sunday June 3 – Bishop of Lynn will hold a service at the church, 8.30am.


Monday, June 4 – stalls, games, entertainment and music at the community centre, 4pm, beacon-lighting, 10.15pm.


Saturday, June 2 – party including garden competition, scarecrows in Church Road and the village hall.


Sunday, June 3 – afternoon tea and games, community centre.


Monday, June 4 – Mere Road will be closed for a street party.


Saturday, June 2-Tuesday, June 5 – In Oakleigh Drive there will be games, quizzes, competitions and a time capsule.

Sunday, June 3 – Sandringham Way is hosting games, a barbecue and disco and Coronation Grove has a picnic and children's games.


Monday, June 4 – games, fancy dress, competitions and food/drink in Tottington Road, 1pm.


Saturday, June 2 – parade in Church Walk plus stalls and activities.

Sunday, June 3 – church service in Town Green Road followed by games, food, and fireworks. Band Rave On will perform a Buddy Holly and Crickets tribute gig at Queen's Hall, 3pm.

Tuesday June 5 – crafts, games and hog roast in Dereham Road.

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