Countdown to Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in East Sussex

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SIXTY is certainly the buzz word in Sussex at the approach to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Weekend of June 2-5.

The Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Peter Field, said: “We know of many activities already planned and I am sure there will be many more by the time the Diamond Jubilee Weekend is upon us.”

He said that groups lighting beacons are already confirmed in excess of 60, closure notice requests for street parties in Brighton and Hove alone are approaching 60, and more than 60 schools in the county have had, or are having, visits from the Lord Lieutenant or one of his Deputy Lieutenants to explain what the Diamond Jubilee is all about.

He also confirmed that as well as “Roy’s Boys”, a working fishing boat from the Hastings and Rye fishing community which is the official East Sussex boat, the Eastbourne RNLI Lifeboat “Diamond Jubilee” will be in the Thames Pageant, along with four Sussex Sea Cadet units (including Seahaven Unit) which will form part of the diamond formation that precedes the Royal Barge.

Also in the Pageant will be the Universities of Sussex and Brighton, and Royal Naval Unit’s ship HMS Ranger.

Lord Lieutenant Mr Field said he was overwhelmed by the support for the Diamond Jubilee.