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How will your community celebrate Jubilee?

A HOST of events is being planned in communities across Copeland to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in style.

FLOWER POWER: The Baby and Toddler Group at St Bees have been making displays for the jubilee, and here Alfie Storey puts some more flowers on one of the displays

Family fun-days, street parties, get-togethers and exhibitions are all taking place throughout the holiday weekend.

Beckermet has been given special recognition for its family fun day and fireworks by the Queen herself.

Phil Ward, of the White Mare, wrote to Buckingham Palace about the community’s plans to celebrate the occasion. He received a letter from the Queen thanking them for their support.

He said: “This will be a one-off event which will benefit the whole community of Beckermet – we feel that it’ll be nice for everyone to celebrate together.”

Here’s our list so far of events taking place in Copeland – but if you are planning a jubilee events email sarah.robinson@ whitehaven-news.co.uk or call 01946 595145.


On Friday June 1, the Jubilee Festival of Flowers and 60 years of History and Photography will be launched at the Priory. An art exhibition will open at New College Hall. Both events will be open between 10am and 6pm from Friday until Tuesday.

On Saturday June 2 it’s the village school fete from 1pm. There will be a fancy dress parade through the village followed by stalls, sideshows and a beer tent on the village school field. At 6pm, residents can enjoy a hog roast with music from Untamed on the school field.

On Sunday June 3 at 10.30am, a civic thanksgiving service is being held at the priory, followed by a Big Jubilee Lunch (12.30pm-2pm). There will be a picnic and buffet inside and out the priory and grounds.

A Village in Bloom ‘Open Afternoon’ will also be taking place at Stonehouse Farm from 1pm until 3pm.

The community is invited to fun and games on the beach from 2pm onwards.

On Monday June 4, there will be tours of the priory and exhibitions between 10am and 6pm. At dusk, there will be the lighting of E2R Firepots on Tomlin, South Headland.

Residents can go along to the Royal Variety Show and Jubilee Tea Party in Memorial Hall, St Bees School, on June 5 (3pm-5pm). Tickets on sale.


The village is invited to a community event at the Whitemare pub. Starting at 1pm on Tuesday June 5, activities include a hog roast, bouncy castle and pillow fighting competitions. A celebration tea takes place in the afternoon followed by a firework display at dusk.


Mirehouse Labour Club and St Andrew’s Church are hosting a family fun day on Monday June 4. A bouncy castle, rodeo bull, face-painting and children’s sports will be among the many activities on offer on Honister Road and Greystone Close, noon-5pm.

The Labour Club was given £1,500 by Whitehaven Neighbourhood Forum towards the cost of the fun day plus donations from other groups.

To rent a stall (£5) contact Jennifer Ryan on 01946 693964.


The celebrations will be opened in the village hall by councillors Norman and Yvonne Clarkson on Friday June 1 at 6.45pm. A Lamplugh’s Got Talent competition will then be held in the village hall.

On the Saturday a fun day and barbecue takes place at Kirkland Playground from 1pm to 5pm, with an evening dance in the village hall from 7.30pm. The dance is 1950s dress code.

There’s a lunch at Kirkland Mission followed by a family walk from Kirkland Playground from 1pm to 2.40pm on the Sunday, followed by Songs of Praise in Kirkland Mission at 3.30pm. The events will be rounded off with a children’s sports day, plus a classic car, tractor and machinery display, at the field neighbouring Lamplugh Tip on Monday from 1pm.

The whole community has worked together to organise the events. The Lamplugh Parish Diamond Jubilee Group has been awarded £1,000 from North East Copeland Neighbourhood forum towards the cost of the Jubilee celebrations.

Moor Row

The Moor Row Jubilee Club has been awarded £475 from West Copeland Neighbourhood Forum to go towards a three-course meal for members to mark the Jubilee.


West Copeland Neighbourhood Forum has given Smithfield and Longcroft Residents’ Association £600 towards the cost of Jubilee celebrations for Smithfield and Longcroft residents.

Cleator Moor

A series of community events is taking place in Cleator Moor Civic Hall on Monday. Between 3.30pm and 4.30pm Cleator Moor Brass band will be performing in the main hall. From 3.30pm onwards a slideshow and talk on Bygone Cleator Moor will also be held in the restaurant by local historian Dave Banks.

From 3pm until 5pm, there will be afternoon tea and cakes by the Cleator Moor Women’s Institute. A family disco is set to take place in the main hall between 5.30pm and 7.30pm, followed by a pie and peas supper from 8pm until 9pm.

A concert by Salvador will be held in the main hall from 9pm until midnight.

The event, which is sponsored by Cleator Moor Town Council, is free to all residents.

Also taking place on Monday is a party on Buckles Avenue between 2pm and 7pm.


A diamond jubilee garden party is taking place at the Calder House Hotel from 12pm until 4pm on Monday. There will be live entertainment, face painting, champagne strawberries and cream stall and craft stalls. A competition for the best made crown by children under 12 will take place, as well as prizes for the best dressed ladies. Proceeds will go to Hospice at Home West Cumbria.

Ravenglass & Eskdale

Savouring being British will be the underlying theme of Diamond Jubilee celebrations being staged by the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway.

Between June 2 and 5, both of the line’s stations, at Ravenglass and Dalegarth, will be a sea of red, white and blue, with bunting and music played by Egremont Brass Band. Visitors can treat themselves to a Diamond Jubilee Tea; call 01229 717171.

Black Combe

At 10.15pm on Monday the Diamond Jubilee Beacons will be lit, shortly before the Queen lights the final beacon in London. Stretching all the way from the summit of Black Combe, Haverigg Point and Haverigg Airfield the event is an opportunity to see the borough’s coast line. The Black Combe Walking Festival runs from June 1-10 and offers a series of guided walks and talks.

To celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Woodland Trust is organising the planting of six million trees. The trust is looking for donations from the public; visit jubileewoods.org.uk/appeal

Whitehaven Archive and Local Studies Centre on Scotch Street has a special Diamond Jubilee event for youngsters aged 7-11 and their parents, grandparents or carers. A fun-packed, historically- focussed family learning event on Friday, June 8, from 2–3.30pm is on offer. Call to book a free place on 01946 506420.

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