PREPARATIONS are underway for a Queen’s Platinum Jubilee event in the city.

The free community celebration will include a giant screen, family activities and community stalls.

There will be celebrations across the country in 2022 to mark HM The Queen’s 70th year on the throne.

In Carlisle, the focus of the Platinum Jubilee will be at Bitts Park, where a partnership of local organisations will be hosting a special celebration. 

The Jubilee fun will last all day starting from 10:30 am on June 5, including a family film show on a giant screen at 11:00 am followed by the Big Jubilee Lunch, where everyone will be invited to bring their own picnic and join the party.

For those who prefer to let someone else do the catering, the Tribe food outlets will be offering a wide selection of delicious takeaways from the pop-up units by the children’s play area.

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At 2:00 pm, the big screen will live-stream coverage of the Jubilee Pageant from outside Buckingham Palace.

The theme of the Bitts Park Jubilee celebrations is ‘Communities and Hope’.

Carlisle City Council is one of the partners in organising the Bitts Park event.

Cllr Stephen Higgs, Portfolio holder for Culture, Heritage and Leisure said: “It’s been fantastic to see how many different people and groups from Carlisle have joined together to celebrate the Queen’s historic reign.

“It’s a day for them and the people of Carlisle to look to the future with confidence and with hope, inspired by the example of Her Majesty’s 70 years of service and dedication.”

“We know that times have been tough for everyone in the last couple of years and it’s important that we come together to look after each other and celebrate the community spirit that will get us through to better times ahead.”

The City Council has been joined by Carlisle Vineyard Church and Carlisle HealthCare Social Prescribing team in organising the celebrations.

Among the community groups taking part are Carlisle College, Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle Cathedral, Multicultural Cumbria, Cumbria Organic Gardeners and Farmers and many others. 

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