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Bungay Celebrates the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
May 26 @ 4:00 pm - June 4 @ 10:30 pm
Here is the full programme of how Bungay is celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee:
Thursday 26th May, 4pm
Torch Relay through Bungay
Bungay’s representatives, Martha Coleman and Lucinda Walker will clamber into the rickshaw at the Flixton Road/St Margaret’s Road junction at 4pm and with their torch tour through Bungay to the Trinity Street/Staithe Road junction where the torch will be passed on for the next leg.
Thursday June 2nd
Midday – The Platinum Jubilee Proclamation read by the Town Crier at the Butter Cross. Immediately following will be the first of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight making a special detour to Bungay each day of the celebrations.
Thursday’s flypast at 12.04pm is the Lancaster.
From 7pm at the Castle Bailey
7pm – Love & Duty – a celebration of the Queen’s reign with music, dance and drama from the Fisher Theatre.
Love & Duty is a family-friendly outdoor procession and performance located around the scenic backdrop of the beautiful Bungay castle that celebrates the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. Love & Duty ties in our Queen’s reign, her character and love of duty towards her country. Join us as we travel through the decades, paying homage to our history with music, dance, theatre and of course Corgis….. This original work, funded through the Arts Council Europe grant received by BCS, calls on local groups & organisations, including professional singers, to join together to make this a memorable opening ceremony.
8.15pm – The Castle Choir performs
8.45pm – Parade of Standards onto the Castle Bailey
9pm – Piper to play Diu Regnare
9.10pm – The Mayor and Town Reeve light the iconic Beacon in front of the Castle as William Drew-Batty performs his splendid Bungay Overture, written especially for Bungay.
Friday June 3rd
Today is all about families – and there is free parking across Bungay for the day!
2.30pm – Local children, dressed as Kings and Queens parade from the Butter Cross to the Castle Bailey. Each will be awarded a specially designed Jubilee medal to mark the occasion.
2.30pm – 4.30pm – Jubilee Picnic at the Castle Bailey
Bring along your own picnic and blanket for an afternoon of fun filled with local entertainment, activities, food stalls & more! During the afternoon there will be face painting, Jim’s ice cream van, food stalls, photo booth and Loddon Brass Band will be providing a programme of musical entertainment and other activities provided by local community groups including Girlguiding, Scouts and Bungay Community Support including hook a duck, guess how many ducks in the kayak and lots more games.
A great opportunity for local families to join in the Jubilee fun, especially if there is Sunday street party where they live.
3.42pm – Flypast of a Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
Saturday 4th June
12.34pm – Flypast of a Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
1pm – 5pm: Tea Party at the Royal British Legion clubhouse in Priory Lane. Everyone is invited! Donations welcome.
6-10.3pm – Party at the Castle
Things kick off with the Jubilee Big Band playing Swing – and dancing is encouraged! With everyone in party mood, the live broadcast of the BBC’s Platinum Party at the Palace will begin – shown on a giant TV screen in front of the Castle.
There will be food and drink stalls all evening on the Bailey – a hog roast and BBQ, Bigod’s Kitchen, Oriental street food from the 3 Cooks Pop Up Bar and café just down the alley from the Bailey, Sunrise Crepes, Bull of the Woods beer, Norfolk Trading Company’s cider and apple juice and Stonehouse Pizza will deliver orders made via their app to the Bailey.
Bring something to sit on – and your dancing shoes!
Sunday 5th June
12.34pm – Flypast of a Hurricane from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
The organisers hope that all those organising their own street parties for the Sunday have a wonderful time!
The Jubilee events in Bungay have been organised over several months by a team of volunteers representing several organisations in the town, including The Town Council, The Town Trust, The Castle Trust, Bungay Community Support, Bungay Events & Business Association and the Museum Trust.
Bungay Community Support was awarded £5,238.50 from the Arts Council’s Let’s Create Jubilee Fund by Suffolk Community Foundation to help towards financing the activities, especially the live music and drama performances.
Funding was also received from our local District and County Councillors, David Ritchie and Judy Cloke from their Supporting Communities funds, as well as from BEBA. The Town Council, which led the project, also donated a sizeable sum.