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Clackmannanshire Aims to Sparkle for Diamond Jubilee

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31

October 2011

Provost Derek Stewart and Lord Lieutenant Rt Hon George Reid are calling on the people of Clackmannanshire to come forward with ideas for a tribute to the Queen as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012.

Buckingham Palace is co-ordinating a programme of events around the long weekend of 2nd to 5th June 2012. This will include a Big Jubilee Lunch, a Diamond Jubilee Pageant with 1000 boats on the Thames, a concert at Buckingham Palace and the lighting of 2012 beacons across the UK.

Some of the beacons will be in Clackmannanshire, along the Ochils and perhaps elsewhere such as at Clackmannan Tower. Individual communities are being encouraged to organise their own celebrations, such as Diamond Jubilee lunches or parties, commemorative tree planting or parades.

The Council is planning to organise a touring exhibition which will include Coronation memorabilia, photographs of the Queen's visits to Clackmannanshire in 1963 and 1997, reminiscences of Her Majesty's Coronation and local visits. as well as a look at the changes in the county during the last sixty years.

Provost Stewart said: "We're looking for your ideas on how to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee. We're also looking for contributions to the exhibition. There must be lots of photographs of Coronation parties and other events out there, as well as souvenirs stored away in the loft. I remember as a child we celebrated the coronation with a street party between Mount William and Tower View in Sauchie. It poured with rain all day until 4pm, so the party didn't start until 5pm. All the children got a goody bag. All children in the country also got a commemorative half pint tumbler, so I'm going to try to find mine."

Lord Lieutenant Rt Hon George Reid said: "The Queen has given extraordinary service in the 60 years since her accession. I am sure that Clackmannanshire people will wish to recognise that and participate in the celebrations. I am hopeful that there will be at least beacons across the Ochils."

If you have any photographs of the county from the 1950s, memorabilia from the Coronation or if you would like to be interviewed about your memories of 1952/3, please contact Susan Mills, Museum and Heritage Officer, on 01259 216913 or email: smills@clacks.gov.uk.

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