Diamond celebrations for Queen’s Jubilee lined up in Lewes

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A SPARKLING celebration of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Weekend has been lined-up in the Lewes area.

One of the highlights will be the Lewes Carnival 2012 with its colourful procession of floats through the heart of town.

Organiser the Rotary Club of Lewes Castle has moved the date forward to Tuesday, June 5, to be part of the royal festivities.

The parade will set off from County Hall at 12.30pm and make its way down Western Road and the High Street to an action-packed afternoon at Malling Recreation Ground.

The theme of this year’s carnival is, appropriately, ‘60 Glorious Years’ with proceeds going to charity. Last year’s event raised some £2,500 to purchase specialist equipment for Lewes Victoria Hospital and the Sussex Macmillan Cancer Support Centre.

The showground, from approximately 1pm, will feature a host of events, live music and stalls – something for all the family to enjoy.

Meanwhile, Monday (June 4) will see a Diamond Jubilee Soap Box Derby organised by East Chiltington Parish Council. It is timed for 4-5pm at Novington Lane, from Wootton Farm track to the railway bridge.

Firle Bonfire Society promises a spectacular fireworks celebration that day, with a procession. Firle Bostal to the top of the hill will be closed to traffic from 6-11.59pm to accommodate merry-makers.

Newick will be staging the Jubilee Three Pubs Challenge centred on The Green from 2pm, while Plumpton has a royal parade in Station Road starting at 10.30am.

Attention returns to Newick on June 5 with a procession through the village starting at 1.15pm at The Green.

Street parties abound. Watch out on June 3 for Allington Crescent Residents, Newick, and Cleve Terrace Residents, Lewes. On June 5 it’s the turn of St Swithun’s Terrace Residents, Rotten Row Residents and De Montfort Road Residents, in Lewes, and Rushey Close Residents, in Ringmer.

The Landport Residents’ Association, in Lewes, will be staging its street party on Thursday, June 7, at Landport Road in front of Eridge Green.