Communities ready for Jubilee party

(left to right)? Captain David Younger, Major Alexander Trotter, Captain Gerald Maitland-Carew and Councillor Alasdair Hutton are inviting applications for Diamond Jubilee funding
(left to right)? Captain David Younger, Major Alexander Trotter, Captain Gerald Maitland-Carew and Councillor Alasdair Hutton are inviting applications for Diamond Jubilee funding

AS the celebrations of the Queen’s 60 years on the throne gets ever closer, details of all 55 Diamond Jubilee events in the Borders are to be unveiled tomorrow.

Captain Gerald Maitland-Carew, Lord Lieutenant of Roxburgh, Ettrick and Lauderdale, will host the announcement at his family home of Thirlestane Castle in Lauder, alongside Major Alexander Trotter, Lord Lieutenant of Berwickshire.

A series of communities are involved in the historic weekend after securing funding from a £40,000 pot set aside by Scottish Borders Council to create a lasting legacy of the occasion.

But some communities have already announced what they are up to.

Lauder

The town hosts five days of celebrations, starting on Friday, June 1 with a film night hosted by Lauder Trading Post.

Events on Saturday, June 2, include an exhibition covering the 60 years of the Queen’s reign and how the Royal Burgh, having hosted Her Majesty as recently as 2009, has changed in that time.

Sunday, June 3, sees a community picnic in the grounds of Thirlestane Castle, with plenty of entertainment available, followed by a Jubilee concert featuring talented local musicians.

Among the events of Monday, June 4, the Lauder Beacon will be lit on Staunchley Hill.

Winners of a series of Jubilee competitions will be announced on Tuesday, June 5, along with the launch of book Lauder: A Series of Papers, by the late Robert Romanes.

Innerleithen

As previously reported in TheSouthern, Innerleithen will also be fully involved in the celebrations, starting with a Community Trust walk next Saturday around buildings and places that were the centre of the community during Queen Victoria’s Jubilee.

The walk starts at 2pm in the Memorial Hall car park and is expected to finish at 4pm. Suitable footwear is recommended and a donation to the trust is requested - for further information phone Ross McGinn (01896 830853) or email community@innerleithen.org.uk

And on Sunday, June 3, a family fun day is hosted in Victoria Park, with a 1pm start, thanks to a £2,180 grant from SBC.

Organisers have arranged attractions and stalls such as inflatables, pony rides, face painting, plants, cake and candy, books, CD and bric-a-brac sales, as well as raffles and tombola.

There will be a cricket match on the Vale Park starting at 10am, with various other sports taster-sessions throughout the day, including tennis and a junior tug-o-war.

Ice cream and burgers will be on sale and a beer tent provided, while live music will be provided by the town’s silver band, pipe band, Tweeddale Folk Group and Tweed Valley Male Voices.

A time capsule will be buried before the Lord Lieutenant of Tweeddale, Captain David Younger, makes a short address and plants a commemorative tree in the park.

The Royal Tea in the Park for the senior citizens of the district has proved popular and will take place in the main marquee at 3pm.

A car boot sale will also take place in the small car park, to book a place, or to make any other enquiry, ring 01896 831721.

And the final meeting to discuss Innerleithen’s Diamond Jubilee plans is on Wednesday at St Ronan’s Community Centre at 8pm, with any volunteers for the fun day asked to meet at Victoria Park at 8am on June 3.

Langholm

Although not within Scottish Borders Council’s boundaries and so not in receipt of any funding, Langholm has a big day planned on June 3.

On the same day, Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Dumfriesshire, David Stevenson, will officially welcome visitors to its Jubilee day at Milntown rugby ground.

The public are invited to bring their own lunch from 12.30pm and be entertained with music from the town and pipe bands and choir group Langholm Sings.

Youth project Xcel will host a series of games and races, while a tug of war is planned and there will be side shows available.

Community Council chair Margaret Sanderson said: “We are grateful to the rugby club for allowing the event to go ahead at their ground, which is a perfect venue.

“We hope a lot of people come along and the sun shines.”