Nevill Jubilee Bonfire Society stages Diamond Jubilee Extravaganza

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THIS Bank Holiday Monday Nevill Juvenile Bonfire Society is holding a Diamond Jubilee Extravaganza at the Nevill Green to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The Extravaganza will take place in two parts with the culmination including a double beacon lighting.

Kicking off at 12noon, the event will feature a variety of attractions to appeal to all tastes and ages. It will open with a Pageant of Nautical Hats for which entries are sought from across the town.

Zany and outrageous creations based on a galleon, yacht, cruise liner, rowing boat or any other ship are encouraged. You can bring your creation along at noon on the day. Entry is free and all entrants will receive a prize with special prizes for the best creations.

There will also be Ladies’ and Men’s Tug-of-War, together with the ever-popular Crown and Bouquet throwing competitions. In the arena there will be children’s fun races and a display by The Dance Academy.

Around The Green there will be a variety of table top stalls as well as community and commercial stands, games and rides together with live music from Starfish bands and a ‘Bonfire Memorabilia Exhibition’. This free afternoon event will finish at 4.30pm.

In the evening there will be a ticketed event starting at 6pm with live music from Duncan Disorderly and the Scallywags with support from senior Starfish bands. Tickets for this event, to include a hog roast, burger or vegetarian option, are priced at £4 up to Sunday or £5 on the day.

The culmination of the evening will include an Olympic torch and rings, the lighting of a Royal Jubilee Beacon at 10pm and a firework display. In addition, at 10.30pm there will be a separate beacon lit at Landport Bottom at the foot of the Old Racecourse motor roads, where the society holds its annual celebration. Ticket and more event information can be found at