Jubilee celebrations

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WORK on new railings commemorating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee is set to start this weekend alongside the river in March.

The railings, which are being installed at a cost of around £20,000 by March Town Council, have been specially designed to mark the Queen’s landmark anniversary.

Work to install them along the River Nene in Elwyn Road is set to start this Sunday (May 20) and will be completed the following Sunday.

They will be black and each will be topped by a special diamond shape inscribed with the Queen’s name and the year.

The railing are just part of the town’s celebrations of the Queen’s 60 year reign.

Every lower-school pupil, around 1,800 in total, is set to receive a commemorative coin/medal at the cost of £2.39 each paid for by the town council.

March Mayor Jan French will be presenting the medals at the town’s schools between May 21 and June 1.

A total of 2,000 medals have been ordered by the council and any surplus will be available to purchase once they have been presented.

On Bank Holiday Monday (June 4) there will be celebrations in West End Park starting at 9.30pm.

March Brass 2000 will be playing and there will be a hog roast, which has been partially sponsored by supermarket giants Sainsbury’s.

At 10.15pm on that evening the celebratory beacon will be lit in the park in unison with beacons across the country.

It is hoped as many people as possible will attend the event.

Shops in the town are being encouraged to enter a best dressed window competition, which will be judged between May 21 and 27.

The winners, who will be announced on Monday May 28, will receive cash prizes and a commemorative cup or plaque.