LOWICK PLATINUM JUBILEE PLANS

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In line with national bank holidays to mark the Queen’s 70 years as monarch, Lowick’s long weekend of celebrations will be from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June.
Many ideas have been put forward, and the parish council invites anyone keen to get involved this Thursday at 6.30 in the village hall to firm up the plans. This will start our monthly Parish Council meeting, which will get underway afterwards.

Jubilee Timetable

Thursday 2nd

  • Film night showing films from the fifties. Films from 53 include:  From Here To Eternity, Shane, The Robe, Gentlemen Prefer Blonds, Roman Holiday, Calamity Jane, War of the Worlds, The Wild One, The Cruel Sea, The Big Heat, Peter Pan.

Friday 3rd

  • Hold a Ceilidh in the hall, with live music and food ( Geoff Allan’s chip van? –  and Alan and Hughie Malone’s ice cream van?) and a bar selling wine and local beer (Cheviot Brewery?).

Saturday 4th

  • Close the streets around the Common and hold a street party with a fair on the common with attractions, games and competitions: Tug o War, wellie throwing, races , dog show, pram & wheelbarrow races etc.
  • Common street party evening with a live music event – or possibly on the Thursday as part of a launch?
  • Invite local village groups to design and decorate a float/ pram/ wheelbarrow.

Sunday 5th

  • Church service followed by a picnic. Further discussions to be had with the church council and Charlotte.

General Ideas

  • Put photographs from the period on display in the village hall. Kevin Archer co-ordinates an accompanying ‘soundscape’ of people’s memories, akin to the running presentation at Lindisfarne Castle and elsewhere where local voices add colour to the exhibition.
  • Films of previous jubilees collated with the photo display.
  • Design a mug to commemorate the jubilee and present one to each resident born in 1953.
  • Involve the school, Leek Club, Football Club, Quilters, Heritage Group, Radio Lowick, The Village Hall, etc

Permanent Celebration ideas:

  • Create a circular path/ Platinum Way.
  • Repair the church bell.
We are looking for willing volunteers to be involved in organising one main event for each day of the celebrations. The biggest events are Friday night’s ceilidh and Saturday’s street fair and these will need the most volunteers and careful planning.
All are welcome to attend this Thursday at 6.30, or send us your name and contact details.

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