Best of British event marks diamond jubilee

CLASSIC cars, maypole dancing, clowns, face painting and miniature steam engines will feature in an event to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Indigo Furniture is holding the family-friendly celebration at Matlock Rugby Club, Cromford Meadows, in aid of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

Indigo and Bluebell Wood have been working together for several years - the Sheffield based hospice provides care and support for Children with a shortened life expectancy In North Derbyshire, South Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire and North West Lincolnshire.

It will be a patriotic celebration of all things British, including fish and chips, Punch and Judy, tea and cake and much more.

Opening the event will be Ross Davenport, a British swimmer who is part of Team GB for London 2012 and is from Belper, Derbyshire. He is also a two times gold medal winner from the 2006 Commonwealth Games. He was also part of Team GB in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and won the BBC East Midlands Sports Personality of the Year in 2006.

Ross says: “I’m really proud to be working alongside Indigo to support such a worthy charity. The love and care Bluewood Hospice offer, to young children and their families at such difficult times is invaluable. I hope I can help raise the profile of what these wonderful nurses and helpers do for families during this totally devastating time”.

As part of the events grand opening, Ross will be transported on a Bedford Coach that was used to transport the Queen Mother and her staff at the Queen’s Silver Jubilee parade in 1977. This coach is owned by Peter Holland of Matlock. The coach was originally built in 1966 and was used to transport the Queen Mother’s staff from Sandringham to Clarence House.

Mr Holland said: “The coach has a really fantastic history in the royal family and was even specially customised with a compartment in the back for the Queen Mother’s Corgies!” It is currently fully decorated for the Diamond Jubilee.