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Barton clifftop celebration among New Forest events planned to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee

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A CLIFFTOP celebration with a parade and beacon lighting will be among events across the New Forest marking the Queen’s platinum jubilee.

Street parties and picnics will be the order of the day as communities are invited to join in events taking place across the country during the special four-day bank holiday weekend from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June.

Both New Milton and Lymington already have public events planned with music, food and activities for residents.

Organisers hope the clifftop event will attract thousands of people like the Battle's Over Armistice Day centenary event in November 2018 (photo: Steve West)
Organisers hope the clifftop event will attract thousands of people like the Battle's Over Armistice Day centenary event in November 2018 (photo: Steve West)

In Milford organisations are being invited by the parish council to help hold a celebration on the village green.

The New Milton Lions Club Platinum Jubilee Celebration will be staged on Barton clifftop between midday and 10pm on the Thursday. It will be open for people to bring their own picnic or enjoy cuisine from across the Commonwealth on offer from stalls lining the site along Marine Drive East.

There will be live entertainment throughout the day and into the evening from a programme of acts, yet to be confirmed.

Exhibits showing New Milton through the Queen’s reign will be on display, including one on the Second World War’s impact on the town by Nick Saunders of Milton Heritage Society.

There is also set to be a host of stalls run by representatives of local community groups, including New Milton Men’s Shed.

From around 9.15pm, uniformed organisations will parade along the street with their colours, accompanied by marching bands.

This will culminate in one of the Marine Drive East car parks, where New Milton Residents’ Association piper John Adams will play a piece of music specially commissioned by the Queen.

Her Majesty ascended to the throne 70 years ago
Her Majesty ascended to the throne 70 years ago

Rounding off the event will be a beacon-lighting ceremony, coinciding with the lighting of hundreds of others along the nation’s coastline.

One of the country’s 90 major military wives choirs is set to accompany this with its rendition of Majesty – a song also specially written for the jubilee.

Alan Watson, chair of the Lions Club activities committee, told the A&T: “The essence of the whole thing is that it’s a local event put on by local people for local people.”

In Lymington, there will be a free Picnic in the Park event at Woodside Park in Rookes Lane 11am-4pm on Sunday 5th June.

Organised by Lymington and Pennington Town Council, in collaboration with the Lymington Community Association and the town’s Rotary Club, it will include an organised funsports and games day, a dog show, amusements, and live music. There will be a children’s entertainment tent, raffle, community stalls, and hot and cold food.

Cllr Anne Corbridge, chair of the events sub-committee, said: “We are very proud to invite people of Lymington and Pennington to Picnic in the Park, celebrating the wonderful occasion of the Queen’s platinum jubilee.

“This will be a great day out for all the family, honouring Her Majesty whilst having fun in our beautiful Woodside Gardens.”Residents are being encouraged to come together to hold street parties in line with national celebrations on Sunday 5th June. Guidance for these can be found online at newforest.gov.uk/article/1044/Road-closure-orders

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