Queen Jubilee celebration call

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Queen Jubilee celebration call

The aim of the campaign is to attract more people to visit Chorley, not only to celebrate the Queen’s 60th year as the monarch, but to boost the local economy and put Chorley on the map through a week-long festival.

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee is in 2012 and includes an official ‘Jubilee Weekend’ on June 2-5.

While plans in Chorley are at an early stage Mr Hoyle and Mr Verhaege are looking to encourage a variety of events, such as a food and drink festival, a brass band competition and a music festival in Astley Park.

They are also keen to get ideas from members of the public as to what they would like to see provided.

In addition to a week of activity to help attract people to Chorley the aim of the campaign would also be to create a lasting memorial to the jubilee and Mr Hoyle and Mr Verhaege are looking at the possibility of a permanent band stand to be located in the town centre.

This would be used by a variety of musical groups, not just brass bands and even allow for open air musical displays in the town centre.

Mr Hoyle said: “We want to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee in style and use it as a vehicle for attracting people to Chorley and providing our businesses with a real boost.

“I think the Diamond Jubilee Festival would be a great way of achieving this and help people have some fun at the same time. Our region has much to offer in terms of food, drink and music and I have already written to two major North West companies to try and attract their support.

“I hope that all partners will buy into the concept of such a festival and we can celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in style.”

Mr Verhaege, who is the chairman of Chorley PubWatch, said: “The jubilee is a good opportunity for the town to come together. I’ve suggested that they build a band stand in the town.”