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Celebrations ready for Queen's visit

PUBLISHED: 05:00 06 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:37 03 March 2010

Get the bunting ready! Last time it happened will have been 115 years ago - but when the Queen celebrates her Golden Jubilee next year the people of Stowmarket are set to mark the occasion with a extravaganza for up to 10,000 in the town's recreation park.

Get the bunting ready! Last time it happened will have been 115 years ago – but when the Queen celebrates her Golden Jubilee next year the people of Stowmarket are set to mark the occasion with a extravaganza for up to 10,000 in the town's recreation park.

The town council has given a ringing endorsement to plans to host the major landmark event – and the Star has speedily followed suite, promising its full backing.

"It's going to be very exciting," said Rosie Carter, chairwoman of Stow Live, the group which has been laying the ground work for the event so far. "The recreation ground is at the heart of the town and the Queen is at the heart of most people in Stowmarket.

"We're delighted that the town council have endorsed it."

Plans for the celebrations – which are estimated to cost £12,000 – include staged events throughout the day involving groups from all over the Stowmarket area. The grand finale will involve a concert at 11pm, said Mrs Carter. She added that the event could cater for up to 10,000 people.

Organisations that have already expressed an interest in performing include the Girls Brigade, the Stow Concert Band, majorettes and other school bands. There will even be a Royal look-alike competition!

The Golden Jubilee marks 50 years to the day after HM Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the throne on the death of her father George VI. She was crowned at Westminster Abbey the year after in 1953.

Royal fever swept the country in 1977 when Her Majesty celebrated her Silver Jubilee – and nearly everyone has a mug or plate to prove it. Our last monarch to mark a fifty-year reign was Queen Victoria who celebrated her Golden Jubilee in 1887.

Similar commemorative mugs are also planned for next year's event – on the suggestion of the town council – added Mrs Carter.

Stowmarket's mayor, John Drake said: "The proposal was very well received by myself and the rest of the councilors - we will give it our wholehearted support."

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