Chesterfield’s Jubilee plans unveiled

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A SERIES of events to take place in Chesterfield to mark the celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee have been announced by the borough council.

The first event will be the lighting of a beacon at 10pm on Monday, June 4 at Pools Brook Country Park. This will be part of a national event to light over 2,000 beacons across the country.

The following evening will include a celebration concert at the Winding Wheel to feature a musical collaboration of traditional British music between the Chesterfield Symphony Orchestra and the Chesterfield Philharmonic Choir.

A more permanent commemoration will be the installation of a steel Diamond Sculpture at Queen’s Park. Staveley based company Sterling Machinery Ltd has offered to make the 900mm high sculpture which will have 60 facets. Each facet will contain a short sentence about either a national or local event that has happened during the 60 years of the Queen’s reign.

The Chesterfield Action for Arts Forum (CAAF) plans to create a time capsule to celebrate Chesterfield in 2012. CAAF will invite schools, community groups, local artists and other arts and business organisations to contribute artefacts and images of events and personal memories to create a record of Chesterfield, its people and their lives, in 2012. It has been suggested that the time capsule could be buried underneath the Diamond Sculpture.

Revolution House at Old Whittington will hold the ‘Royal Chesterfield’ exhibition until 30th September. The exhibition will cover the royal celebrations and visits to Chesterfield through the years.

Other planned events include a special reception with The Mayor of Chesterfield for all couples celebrating their Diamond Wedding Anniversary in 2012, the establishment of a Jubilee Wood at Hady Playing Fields and the application to have Eastwood Park in Hasland as one of the protected outdoor recreational spaces as part of the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge.

Councillor John Burrows, Leader of Chesterfield Borough Council said: “We opened Queen’s Park in 1887 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee and Queen Elizabeth II visited Chesterfield during her Silver Jubilee year so it’s fitting that we celebrate and mark the Diamond Jubilee in 2012.”