Details of Jubilee events in St Neots and Kimbolton areas.

ST NEOTS

JUBILEE celebrations kick off in St Neots on Friday, June 1 with a CAMRA real ale one-day event in Regatta Meadow followed by a 70s and 80s disco at the Priory Centre in the evening.

● THE Saturday is being promoted as Family Day.

Again, Regatta Meadow is the place to be and promises a packed programme of entertainment from 2pm including, in the display arena, a dog show.

In addition there will be races galore, stalls and a funfair as well as an air display by British aerobatic champion Mark Jefferies at 4pm.

CAMRA will have a real ale tent, and there will be a raffle and the Rock on the River concert.

● THE Priory Centre has its own events on the Saturday with a horticultural display taking place throughout the day and a Neil Diamond tribute act and dinner in the evening, beginning at 7.30pm.

● THE Market Square is the place to be around midday on Saturday for the Children’s Big Lunch and if you enjoy messing about on the river head to the River Great Ouse for the raft race, duck race and the swimming race.

● SUNDAY’S action is back at Regatta Meadow where there will be a tug-of-war competition, a funfair and another Rock on the River concert.

There will be a Go Kart track running from 10am and, if you fancy something a bit more energetic, there is a 3km fun run taking place in Priory Park at 10am and pram and beer barrel races in Market Square from 4pm.

The weekend will be brought to an end with an illuminated boat parade down the river and a firework finale on Regatta Meadow.

INFORMATION: See www.stneots-tc.gov.uk or call 01480 388911.

● THE lighting of the Diamond Jubilee Beacon in St Neots will take place at Regatta Meadow on Monday, June 4, at 10pm.

● THE Lord John Russell pub is holding its own Jubilee entertainment. On Saturday, June 2, there will be a raft race from 1.30pm followed by a barbecue and an 80s disco from 8pm.

On Sunday, there will be a tug of war from 1.30pm followed by another barbecue.

INFORMATION: Events take place at 25 Russell Street, St Neots.

EATON SOCON

SIX women from Eaton Socon are bringing their community together by organising a street party, see picture.

Chairman of the Avon Court Diamond Jubilee Party Committee Pauline Eastoe enlisted the help of five neighbours after “a few glasses of wine” back in January, and the project snowballed from there.

Five months on, and the mother-of-three has raised over £1,000 in ticket sales for the event, which will take place on Monday, June 4.

About 90 people are expected to attend from Kenilworth Close, Avon Court and Shakespeare Road.

“I just thought this would be a really nice way of getting the neighbourhood together,” Mrs Eastoe, 57, told The Hunts Post. “You don’t get opportunities like this these days, and I’ve really got to know my neighbours, which is great.”

The committee received a donation of £20 from Mr and Mrs Tipping – both in their 80s – who felt they were too old to attend to bash. They used the money to purchase the Tipping Cup, which will be presented to the winner of the children’s drawing competition.

INFORMATION: The Avon Court Street Party takes place at Avon Court, Eaton Socon, from noon. Before lunch at 1pm the national anthem will be sung and a toast made to The Queen. Tickets £15 including lunch, drinks, evening barbecue and disco. For more details e-mail ronald.eastoe1@ntlworld.com

KIMBOLTON

THE High Street will be closed to traffic for Kimbolton’s Jubilee celebrations on Monday, June 4.

The afternoon of events starts at 2.30pm with the Grand Parade of Fancy Dress and Hats while the stalls and fairground rides will be open from 2.30pm until 4pm.

At 3pm the races begin, starting with the egg and spoon competition, obstacle races (3.30pm), and tug-of-war heats between 3pm and 4pm.

At 4pm a picnic tea is due to begin and at 4.30pm it’s the gurning competition ahead of the tug-of-war final at 5.10pm.

Street football is at 5.30pm.

LITTLE PAXTON

A 1950s theme will underpin the celebrations in Little Paxton.

On the Playing Field on Saturday, June 2, there will be a Jubilee Celebration Tea Party starting at 4pm.

As well as the 1950s theme, the event will include a paper magician, disco with party games and children’s races.

Food will be served at 5pm in the village hall.

Parish clerk Jenny Gellatly said: “Members of the WI, St James’s Church and Baby Bumpkins are providing cakes and delicious home baking of the era.

“Residents can bring along their picnic tables and chairs and dress in the style of the 1950s if they wish.”

Also on Saturday Little Paxton Colts Football Club will host a Knock-Out Jubilee Penalty Competition (5pm–6pm) and Little Paxton Cricket Club is organising kwik cricket (6pm–7pm).

There will be an opportunity to dance to live music by Fun Time Frankies (7pm-10pm) as they play music from the 1950s.

INFORMATION: Tickets to the tea party are available from Little Paxton School, Little Paxton Post Office and Folbigg Farm Shop. Adults £2, children £1.