Your very best guide to the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in Norfolk

The Diamond Jubilee weekend is nearly upon us and Norfolk is getting set to celebrate the Queen's 60-year reign in style.

The County Council has approved 92 road closures for Jubilee celebrations over the four-day weekend, with communities in Great Snoring in the north of the county to Garboldisham in the south and Heacham on The Wash to Gorleston on the east coast among those holding street parties. A full list of the road closures, when they are taking place and their duration can be found on the county council website.

Norfolk County Council is organising other commemorative activities over the Jubilee weekend.

People visiting Norwich city centre between 9 and 11pm between Friday and Tuesday will be able to see Norwich Castle bathed in patriotic red, white and blue illuminations. Planting of red, blue and silver flowers in the shape of the crown on a roundabout on the outskirts of the city has also just been completed in time for the Jubilee celebrations. Sponsored by the Norse Group, the roundabout on Martineau Lane near County Hall will continue to bloom throughout the summer, aided by 'water-retaining granules' in order to keep the soil moist while the hosepipe ban is in place.

Ian Mackie, deputy leader of the county council, said: 'The number of Jubilee events being held demonstrates not only our county's close affection for the Queen but also the strong sense of community spirit in Norfolk - something which we have been very keen to enhance, especially in the current economic climate.


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'The Diamond Jubilee is a very special event for our country and one that is unlikely to be repeated in any of our lifetimes. Because of the enthusiasm and efforts of people in all parts of our county, everyone in Norfolk will have the opportunity to get involved and feel part of the occasion, and hopefully part of their community. I am looking forward to a fantastic weekend of celebrations that will be a fitting start to an exceptional summer of inspiration and enjoyment.'

Norfolk's libraries and museums will also hold special events and activities over the weekend in honour of the Diamond Jubilee.

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Many libraries will be decorated with bunting and have special commemorative displays while the Millennium Library at The Forum in Norwich will hold a free Diamond Jubilee Big Lunch for children and families on Sunday between 2.15 and 4pm.

The afternoon will start with a storytime and flag, hat and bunting making, followed by an afternoon indoor 'street party' with celebratory food and soft drinks.

Babies born in Norfolk during the four days of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations will be presented with a limited edition specially commissioned commemorative goblet in celebration of The Queen's 60-year reign. Commissioned by the County Council and produced by Norfolk potters Made in Cley, parents of babies born between Saturday, June 2 and Tuesday, June 5, will be presented with the boxed commemorative goblet when they attend one of Norfolk's nine registration offices to register their new arrival. Registration offices across Norfolk will reopen on 6 June following the public holidays.

To coincide with the Jubilee, the library service is celebrating children's books over the last 60 years and asking people to vote for their favourites from a selection of 24 chosen by library staff. People can vote online by clicking on the link from the libraries page of the County Council website.

The Royal Norfolk exhibition will also continue to be displayed in the Long Gallery at the Archive Centre in Norwich until Saturday, June 23.

The free exhibition focuses on the Sandringham estate from the 17th century until it was bought by the Prince of Wales in 1862, and on royal links in the county since that date. The Archive Centre will open on Saturday, June 2 until 12-noon and will then be closed until 9am on Wednesday, June 6, following the public holidays.

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