PLANS are already being made for the celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in June.
In the summer, the late May bank holiday will be moved to June 4 and an additional Jubilee bank holiday created on June 5 to celebrate the Queen’s 60 years on the throne.
Among the host of events planned, St Edmundsbury Borough Council is setting up huge outdoor picnics in Bury St Edmunds and Haverhill on June 6 and June 7.
It is also helping communities to set up their own street parties to mark the special day – much like those set up to celebrate last year’s royal wedding.
Parish councils in the area have also been invited to plant a Jubilee tree.
They have been offered a five-year-old oak, a tree guard and a special memorial plaque.
And a special copse is due to be planted in Nowton Park, in Bury St Edmunds, to act as a permanent monument to the day. St Edmundsbury Cathedral has further plans to show the Jubilee celebrations on a big screen in the Abbey Gardens so that residents can sit in the sunshine and watch the proceedings.
Breckland Council is planning to celebrate the Jubilee with a memories festival. It is looking to build up an archive of memorabilia and stories from the Queen’s coronation in 1953 up to and including her Diamond Jubilee this summer.
The exhibition will visit each library in the district for a week at a time, starting on April 30 at Thetford library.
Although Mildenhall Parish Council and Bury St Edmunds and Thetford town councils have said their Jubilee plans are not set in stone, work is under way in planning celebrations.
In 2002 the Queen visited Bury with the Duke of Edinburgh as part of her Golden Jubilee celebrations. She was met by a crowd of around 10,000 flag- waving supporters.