Plans for right royal knees-up

COMMUNITY leaders from across the High Peak are pulling out all the stops to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in style.

Buxton’s Pavilion Gardens will host a traditional street party on Monday, June 4, when the promenade will be bedecked with bunting, flags, novelties, food and drink, complemented by live brass bands playing throughout the day.

The Borough Council is joining in the spirit of the historic occasion with a red, white and blue jubilee market day in Glossop and Buxton on Saturday, June 2.

The council is offering small grants to help other community celebrations go with a swing. Organisations have until Friday April 13 to apply in writing to terry.crawford@highpeak.gov.uk, outlining details of their celebratory event.

Applications should include a description of the event, numbers expected to attend and the grant amount required.

Mayor David Lomax said: “We’re determined to do what we can to mark this momentous occasion by organising our own events and by helping people pay for theirs.

“But organisations should apply quickly as the budget is small and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.”

High Peak will see six beacons lit as part of a nationwide chain on June 4. Other fiestas include a street party-style lunch for the over 60s and a party for primary school children, organised by Hope Sports Club.

Whaley Bridge Churches Together is planning a party in the Memorial Park on Sunday, June 3.

Hayfield Parish Council is to adorn its hanging baskets with Queen Elizabeth roses plus red, white and blue flowers, while Chapel-en-le-Frith Parish Council and New Mills Town Council will be handing out commemorative mugs and medals respectively to children of primary school age.