Riponians get ready for party of the century

Freeman and former Mayor of Ripon John Richmond and the current Mayor of Ripon Coun Andrew Williams with the Jubilee buggies
Freeman and former Mayor of Ripon John Richmond and the current Mayor of Ripon Coun Andrew Williams with the Jubilee buggies
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Final preparations are underway for Jubilee celebrations across the district including a day of festivities on the city’s market square.

The gala celebrations start at 10.30amwith the soap box derby heats plus judging of the buggies. The programme for the rest of the day runs:

10.30am - 2.30pm: Five performances of Punch and Judy show. 12.15pm: Tractor pull and barrel rolling. 12.30pm: Silly hat half-pint race. 2pm: Parade of 1950s cars. 2pm - 3.15pm: Ripon City Band. 2.30pm - 5.30pm: Samande Jugglers and Mad Madge. 3.15pm: Dogs demonstration. 3.30pm: Festival of Youth bands. 4pm: Finals of the soap box derby. 5.30pm: Square cleared for the evening with the large screen continuing to broadcast events from London and highlights of events from earlier in the day. 7pm - 7.45pm: Swing Duo – a variety of music to suit all tastes. 7.50pm - 8.50pm: Mercury – Queen tribute act. 8.50pm - 9pm: Hornblower and the Setting of the Watch including a four-minute potted history of the ceremony. 9.15pm: Swing Duo. 10.30pm: Mercury. 11.30pm: Fireworks display finale to the National Anthem.

Ripon Cathedral is also to mark the momentous event with a specuial service of thanksgiving on Sunday, Jun3 at 3.30pm.

The Very Revd Keith Jukes, Dean of Ripon, says: “I very much hope the cathedral will be full on the afternoon of Sunday 3rd June and invite all the people of Ripon to come together as a community to celebrate the Queen’s unique and special service to the Nation and the Commonwealth”.

Music will be provided by boys, girls and men of the Cathedral Choir, and the Heavy Cavalry and Cambrai band.

The cathedral will also host a special flower installation entitled Happy and Glorious, from Friday, June 1 – Wednesday, June 6 . From June 1-10 Riponians and visitors can contribute to a Jubilee Thanksgiving Book which will be sent to Buckingham Palace. On Saturday June 2nd the whole building will ring to the sound of a Brass Band Contest followed by a concert given by the Fairey Band.