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Seventy five communities register to light Jubilee beacon

Buckinghamshire will be bursting with bunting - all 84 miles of it - to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee weekend in June.

Buckinghamshire will be bursting with bunting - all 84 miles of it - to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee weekend in June.

And with only a week to go, 75 communities have now registered to light celebration beacons on Monday June 4.

It will be a big weekend for celebration that will include 62 community events across the county - tea parties, picnics, Big Lunches and dances - while street parties in 135 closed roads have been planned

Enough flags and bunting to stretch from one end of Buckinghamshire to the other have been ordered by 128 parishes throughout the county.

'Buckinghamshire will be celebrating in right royal style,' said the new County Council Chairman, Marion Clayton. 'We may be going through some gloomy economic times but it's great news that so many communities are looking on the bright side. They've pulled out all the stops to make this a weekend to remember.'

Marion will be hosting a gathering at Ellesborough before Lord Lieutenant Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher lights the county council's official beacon on Coombe Hill. Cadets from the three forces built the beacon, which will blaze after a 21-gun salute by the Royal Artillery at 10pm, and to the accompaniment of music from the band, Whirlwind, which starts at 8.45pm.

Simultaneously, other parishes will celebrate in style. At Mursley, a fire eater will light the village beacon and one of the guests of honour will be Joey the horse, star of Steven Spielberg's film War Horse.

Among other jubilee celebrations, St Mary's Church, Aylesbury, is planning a church-top lazer light show, and Halton's RAF Hot Air Balloon Club will light a beacon which will be heading to London in a balloon.

The County Museum, in Church Street, Aylesbury, is hosting a week of Jubilee events. The museum and Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery will open every day from June 2 to 9, including Sunday June 3, from 10am to 5pm. The exhibition celebrates the visits of two Jubilee Queens - Victoria and Elizabeth II - to Bucks.

During the half term week children will be able to create their own Jubilee mementos at the museum: souvenir plate design on Tuesday June 5, celebration hankies on Wednesday June 6, and Jubilee memory boxes on Thursday June 7. Sessions, between 10am and noon, and 1pm and 3pm, cost £2.50 per child. Under 12s must be accompanied by an adult.

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