DECKCHAIRS on the lawn, an afternoon tea and double decker bus bar will form part of the festivities to celebrate the Queen's platinum jubilee.

The occasion is being marked in Darlington with celebrations starting on Thursday, June 2 and continuing on Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4. 

Entertainment is scheduled to take place in the Market Square, while Darlington will also be participating in a nationwide beacon lighting event and trees will also be planted across the borough to create a permanent legacy.

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Heather Scott, leader of Darlington Borough Council, said: “We are delighted to be hosting three special days of entertainment in the town centre to mark the jubilee.

"There will be something for everyone and I hope people will come down and join in the fun."

A lawn will laid in the Market Square and deckchairs set up in front of a big screen which will be showing Mary Poppins as well as live screenings from London include the Trooping of the Colour and The Party at the Palace.

There will be children’s activities, a double decker bus bar, tea dance and live music in the Market Square a well as the chance to enjoy an afternoon tea at the Dolphin Centre.

The beacon lighting takes place at 9.45pm on the Thursday night, when more than 1,500 will be lit up and down the country. 

The council also plans to plant 3,500 trees across the borough.

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And on Saturday, June 4 everyone is being encouraged to get involved by taking part in a Big Jubilee Lunch.

Cllr Scott added: “There are lots of ways to get involved to mark this historic occasion and we will be publicising ways you can be a part of it in the coming weeks.
“Put the dates in your diary and get ready to have a wonderful time with friends, family and neighbours.”

Details and timings for all the events will be released nearer the time.

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