A long weekend of celebration is in store for the June bank holiday weekend as Rushmoor residents get together to celebrate The Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

The local celebrations run between Thursday 2 June and Sunday 5 June, and among the highlights will be a jubilee beacon lighting at the Wellington Statue in Aldershot on Thursday evening. The beacon is one of more than 1,500 being lit across the country and abroad in recognition of The Queen's long service. The event gets under way at 9pm and is open to all, culminating with the beacon-lighting at 9.45pm, and a short firework display at 9.50pm. 

In Aldershot town centre on Saturday and Farnborough town centre on Sunday, a special comedy street theatre called 'The Royal Visit' will offer shoppers the chance to meet the Queen and some royal beefeaters on a walkabout, with a mobile royal carriage playing a selection of regal tunes. There will also be free craft activities for the children. 

The Friends of Queen Elizabeth Park are planning a weekend of celebrations including a royal torchlight procession in the park on Thursday at 8pm. Sunday will see a Platinum Jubilee Big Lunch picnic and entertainment between midday and 2pm. For more details, please see their website.  

Aldershot Traction Club are marking the occasion with a Queen's Platinum Jubilee festival on Saturday from midday to 10pm at the club's Weybourne Road base. More information from the Traco website.  

On Sunday, there will also be a Platinum Jubilee thanksgiving service at the Royal Garrison Church in Aldershot, starting at 10am, which is open to all.  

As well as a number of street parties in the borough, there will also be Sunday Jubilee Big Lunch community events at the Moor Road and Osborne Road recreation grounds in Farnborough, and in Manor Park, Aldershot. For more information please see our web page.  

The Leader of Rushmoor Borough Council, Councillor David Clifford, said: “This is an incredibly special occasion in our lifetime and one where we can enjoy ourselves while publicly thanking The Queen for her long, selfless service to our country. I’m sure our residents will be out in force celebrating and enjoying a real sense of community with their neighbours, family and friends.”