Parties and flypast for Platinum Jubilee weekend
This Lancaster bomber from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight is due to fly over a Jubilee event
A BEACON, historic RAF flypast and street parties are among the events planned as the Emersons Green area gears up to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Events will kick off on Thursday June 2 when a Jubilee beacon is lit on Siston Hill, one of around 1,500 set to burn across the UK and Commonwealth to mark the Queen’s 70-year reign.
The event has been organised on behalf of Siston Parish Council and will include a performance of two specially-arranged pieces of music by a 30-member choir and a bagpiper. It starts at 9.15pm, with the beacon due to be lit at 9.45pm. Part of Siston Hill will be closed to traffic from 7-10pm to accommodate the event.
The next day the parish council will host a Jubilee celebration at Warmley Forest Park from 1-9pm, with a stage for performances from singers and bands, DJs, martial artists and cheerleaders, stalls and a licensed bar.
Organiser Ian Adams said that during the event a Lancaster bomber, Hurricane and Spitfire fighters from the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight are due to fly over the park, shortly after 2.30pm.
On June 4 the Lyde Green Jubilee Extravaganza will take place at the community centre from 11am-5pm, with bouncy castles, face painting, stalls, music and a bring-your-own picnic.
At the same time Page Park in Staple Hill will host a free Jubilee celebration with a variety of bands, rugby, skateboarding and model railway demonstrations, traditional fairground games, a funfair with children’s rides and a large variety of stalls.
There are three celebrations in Mangotsfield over the weekend – see the Mangotsfield Residents Association column on page 14 for more details.
Street parties will take place across the area over the long weekend.
South Gloucestershire Council has approved almost 100 road closures across the district, including Siston Hill on the night of the beacon lighting.
The other authorised closures in the Emersons Green, Lyde Green, Pucklechurch and Siston area are:
Friday June 3
Guest Avenue, Emersons Green, midday-9pm from between Emet Lane and Homeground junctions.
Cottongrass Road, Lyde Green, 11am-8pm between numbers 17 and 27.
Saturday June 4
Dennisworth, Pucklechurch, 10am-10pm.
Youngs Court, Emersons Green, 8am-10pm number 3 to the end.
Meadgate, Emersons Green, 7.30am-midnight from numbers 26 to 81.
Sunday June 5
Emet Lane, Emersons Green, 10am-4.30pm from Guest Avenue junction to the far end.
Eagle Crescent, Pucklechurch, 10am-10pm between numbers 1 and 8.
Quarry Way, Emersons Green, midday to 7pm, from number 52 to the end.
Closure orders may be in place for longer than street parties are taking place.
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