Pock to celebrate Diamomnd Jubilee

mayorRP200543''David Sykes and Martin Cooper
mayorRP200543''David Sykes and Martin Cooper

CELEBRATIONS will be held in Pocklington to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee later this year.

Pocklington Town Council has confirmed events will take place at Burnby Hall Gardens on Monday, 4 June.

The Diamond Jubilee celebrates 60 years of the Queen’s reign and will centre around an extended weekend from 2-5 June.

A committee put together to organise the celebrations in Pocklington is considering a range of ideas of ways to mark the milestone and wants to hear what residents in the town think of them. It also wants locals to put forward their ideas for the occasion.

Ideas suggested so far include holding a fancy dress competition or parade and live music with a band or disco playing music that covers the time of the Queen’s reign. Souvenirs or keepsakes such as mugs could be given to primary school pupils in Pocklington and specially embossed tickets or passes could be made for visitors to Burnby Hall Gardens on the day. The committee is also thinking about hiring musicians from the University of York to play at the venue.

Another thought the committee has is to organise a picnic where people bring their own food and drink while organisers will provide a champagne bar.

In addition, it wants a well-known and talented person to open the event and is looking at having a pageantry of red, white and blue colours at the gardens, along with a firework display.

Pocklington town councillor David Sykes, Jubilee project co-ordinator, said: “These are all the things we are looking at. The emphasis would be like The Last Night of the Proms at Castle Howard where people bring their own picnics but we would provide our own champagne bar.

He added: “They’re purely ideas but obviously you have got to start somewhere. It’s definitely going ahead in the gardens.

“There is a general enthusiasm for something. There is a general feeling in the town we are celebrating this.”

It has also been suggested that another monument could be made like the Queen Victoria one in the centre of Pocklington. Alternatively, an inscription could be added to the Queen Victoria monument in recognition of the event.

The committee organising the celebrations includes Coun Sykes, Coun Paul West and Coun Ann Cox of Pocklington Town Council. Town clerk Richard Wood, town crier Geoff Sheasby, and a committee at Burnby Hall Gardens is also involved.

If you would like to suggest ideas for the celebrations in Pocklington or want to comment on the Jubilee committee’s ideas then email the Post at news@pocklingtontoday.co.uk or the town clerk at townclerk@pocklington.gov.uk.