The village of Mortimer in Berkshire is pulling out all the stops to commemorate the upcoming Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen in June.
Stratfield Mortimer Parish Council, Mortimer Music Live CIC and the Mortimer Village Partnership have joined together with a host of different sponsors, local organisations and individuals to create a fantastic celebration of the Queen’s service to the nation, marking the 70th anniversary of her coronation.
Mortimer’s Jubilee Party will include:
- On Thursday 2 June: lighting the jubilee beacon.
- On Friday 3 June: ‘Moulin Mortimer’ – free entry to a night of burlesque entertainment with a fully stocked bar.
- On Saturday 4 June: the main event, starting with a procession through the village, followed by a range of activities, pausing only for a flypast of the last surviving Lancaster Bomber from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, and then flowing into a music extravaganza and fireworks.
“We wanted to make this an occasion that the community won’t forget,” the Chairman of the Jubilee Committee, Councillor Simon Beard, said. “Most of the celebrations will take place in the heart of the village on the aptly named Fairground. The opening ceremony on the Thursday evening is be marked by the lighting of a beacon; on Friday there will be a burlesque, but the major event is to be on Saturday 4 June.
“Saturday’s events will begin at 11am with a procession all around the village, ending at The Fairground. This will feature marching bands, scouts, guides and brownies from local groups, the Air Cadets, British Legion, steam traction engines, vintage tractors, fire engines and cars from throughout the Queen’s life-time from Bullnose Morris right through to supercars of today. We have included something for every member of the community, both young and old, so that everyone can look forward to the day.”
Once on the Fairground, these cars will be on display for everyone to get a closer look, but they are not the only attraction…
- It will be Derby Day and there will be a big screen so that people will be able to keep up with the action at Epsom, plus the Royal Celebrations at Buckingham Palace and all around the country.
- There will be two funfairs on the site over the weekend.
- There will be a Market Row of local crafts, food stalls, tea tents and bars, a fair and many other activities all over the field.
- There is to be musical entertainment throughout the afternoon and a traditional sports day for children and adults to join in. The food will include curry, pizza, sausages, a hog roast and a vegan outlet.
- And in the middle of all this there will be a fly-past by the last surviving Lancaster Bomber from the Second World War.
The festivities don’t finish at the end of the afternoon, however. The main stage is to be the venue for local bands through the evening and the big screen will be showing events from all around the country. The evening will finally be brought to a close with a link to London and Mortimer’s very own firework display to mark the finale of what promises to be a fabulous day.