Waveney gets set for memorable moments to mark the Jubilee

With rip-roaring powerboats and firing cannons, Waveney promises a feast of memorable moments to mark the jubilee.

Celebrations across Waveney will mark the jubilee with a splash as communities host nautical-themed events to usher in the Queen's 60th year on the throne.

In Lowestoft, the Summer Bash Jubilee Music Festival will take place on Saturday, June 2 at the Triangle Market, off High Street, with a traditional brass band concert at noon and a range of other performers.

Elsewhere on that Saturday, Thundercat racing will return to the town's seafront as the powerboats do battle in the three-day Jubilee Powerboat Grand Prix.

Darren Newman, Waveney's service manager for tourism and heritage, said that since the success of last year's event, the council had worked with organisers to bring the races back.

'The race programme includes a range of classes and engine sizes including the Thundercats, which thrilled the Lowestoft crowd last year. In addition to the entertainment on the water, which can be easily viewed from the promenade, the weekend will include other attractions and stalls on the seafront area including a fair on Royal Green.'

Celebrations will be held on Monday, June 4 at Pakefield Green and The Oddfellows pub, with family games, local talent performances, fancy dress and a dog show, before the beacon is lit.

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Lowestoft and District Scout Association will light the most easterly beacon at Sparrow's Nest gardens on Monday, June 4, with local people invited to join them.

At Southwold, fireworks, firing cannons and flotillas will mark a four-day celebration of the jubilee.

Events will kick off on Friday, June 1, when jubilee mugs are presented to Southwold Primary School pupils, the cinema holds a special royal screening and the sailing club hosts an art and craft exhibition at the harbour.

On Saturday, June 2, Southwold High Street will become awash with music and dancing with performances by the Caribbean Melody Steel Band, while on Sunday, June 3, a flotilla of boats will travel from Southwold to the harbour, followed by a civic procession from the town hall to St Edmund's Church, and a tug-of-war near the ferry.

A Big Jubilee Lunch will also be held on Sunday, June 3 where it is expected 50 to 60 people will fill St Edmund's church hall to eat and drink together.

The celebrations will then continue through Monday, June 4 and Tuesday, June 5 with a Beating of the Bounds, a spring fete on The Common, before fireworks and a firing of the cannons at Gun Hill.

John Windell, deputy mayor of Southwold, said: 'We do have good celebrations in Southwold and we are quite pro-active when it comes to working together.

'There are a lot of elderly people in the town who have lived here all their lives and they might not want to go down to the harbour, so I hope the Big Lunch will be a celebration for them.'

In Beccles, the town council and the Sea Cadets have organised a bumper line-up for the jubilee to make it an event to remember including a grand parade, a boat regatta and a traditional church service.

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