THE Queen’s Jubilee may be three months away, but plans are in full swing to transport Great Sutton back to the glamorous 1950s to mark the diamond day.
A team of 10 residents – christened the Great Sutton ‘Fun Raisers’ – have made it their mission to stage a community celebration fit for royalty on the Jubilee bank holiday on June 4.
Organiser Claire Rowson, of Hope Farm Road, said: “I’ve lived here for 25 years, so I know all my neighbours, but so many people nowadays don’t.
“I just thought this was a great chance to get everybody together – and if we can help charities along the way, all the better.”
Whitby Methodist Church and Hope Farm Community Centre will be transformed into a spectacular 1950s-themed carnival, with Bridge Meadow closed off to link the two.
Sutton councillors Paul Donovan and Nicole Meardon and schoolchildren from nearby Meadow and Woodlands Primary School have already signed up to help make the day a success.
The highlight of the party will be the crowning of Great Sutton’s own Jubilee king, queen, prince and princess, chosen from local children who work as carers or help out in the community.
Plans are still under way, but the team has already lined up a bouncy castle, retro ice cream van, vintage fire engine, face painting, balloon modelling, morris dancing and a beer tent.
Clip Clop Sanctuary’s ponies will be on hand to give rides, while animal handling workshop Animals Take Over have volunteered to bring along their menagerie.
The Hospice of the Good Shepherd’s Pawz the Dog and pups from Greyhound Rescue West of England will also be joining the celebrations in a bid to raise much-needed funds.
The Fun Raisers would like to hear from arts and crafts, amateur dramatic and dance groups and local businesses that would like to get involved.
Clare added: “We are desperate for a horse and cart, pony and trap or tractor and trailer for transporting the Jubilee king, queen, prince and princess. We are also looking for further funding and prizes to give out.”
The organisers’ next meeting, open to all, will take place on March 5 from 1.30-2.30pm and 6.30-7.30pm at Hope Farm Library.
Anyone wishing to help out or get involved can call Clare Rowson on 07889 845104.