THE Queen’s Diamond Jubilee will be celebrated across Calderdale over an extended bank holiday weekend in June next year.
Local plans will be announced at Halifax Minster on March 22 and are being promoted by Calderdale Council, the Community Foundation for Calderdale and the minster.
The jubilee will mark 60 years since The Queen came to the throne and celebrations will run from June 2 to 5.
The Government has put back the late May bank holiday to Monday June 4 and added an additional Jubilee bank holiday on Tuesday, June 5.
Communities are being encouraged to mark this momentous occasion by the Lord-Lieutenant for West Yorkshire, Dr Ingrid Roscoe.
Dr Roscoe has Deputy Lieutenants across West Yorkshire and leading the celebration plans in Calderdale is Deputy Lieutenant Chris Harris.
She said: “The Diamond Jubilee is a magnificent anniversary not only for Her Majesty, but for our country too. It truly is a once-in-a-lifetime event.
“Only one other British monarch has ever celebrated a diamond jubilee and that was Queen Victoria in 1897.
“Several major events are being planned to take place in London, but we are keen to encourage the people of Calderdale to plan and organise their own celebrations.”
The Halifax Minster event is at 7pm and advice will be given to community groups, businesses and individuals.
The evening will also include entertainment from local groups including the Pennine Magpie Players and Diamond Gymnastics.
Although the main celebrations will focus around the first weekend in June 2012, it is hoped there will be a full year of celebrations starting from February 6 – the official start of the diamond jubilee year.
Community parties, festivals, and picnics are expected to be organised and Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, said people should not be put off by the fear of red tape.
He has advised councils to encourage the organisation of such events and has issued guidance papers for organisers.
Further information is available at www.calderdale.gov.uk
l Prince William’s wedding to Kate Middleton at the end of April has so far brought a lukewarm response in Calderdale with only one application for a street party.