Villagers in Gretton are hard at work making preparations for a huge street party to Celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

A working group made up of residents from all areas of the village have been meeting regularly to plan the event which will be held in Kirby Road on Monday 4th June this year.

Spokesperson for the Group, Terri Meechan said “There has been some fantastic ideas put forward as to what will happen on the day most of which have been taken up and are now in place for the day.   It is hoped that as many Gretton villagers and their friends and families will come along and be a part of what will be a memorable occasion for many years to come.”

The event which will be officially opened by the Mayor of Corby,  along with the Chair of the Parish Council, Cllr Marshall Ferguson and Miss Gretton, Zeenat Britt.  
Gretton Silver Band will kick off the entertainment at 12 Noon.   There will also be live bands and local acts performing  throughout the Day and they will be supported by Corby Radio who are attending with their Big Black Bus.  

A Best Dressed House competition will be held which is open to every house in the Village and will be judged for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place Trophies.  Children’s and adults fancy dress with a 1950’s theme will also be held and again, the winners will be awarded Trophies in each age group.”

Street games are being organised for the youngsters along with street entertainers and stalls.  A Mini funfair will also be in the Village for the whole weekend.    The plan is to have  something for everyone on the day!    Terri went on to say “We still have quite a few things to try and put into place ...but all is coming together quite well so far -  we just hope the weather will also be kind to us”     

“There has been fantastic support and feedback so far from the residents and organisations in the village – and a website (www.grettonstreetparty.com) has been set up to allow people to keep in touch with us by commenting,  sharing ideas, or giving offers of help with things such as tables and chairs for instance or helping out on the day itself.   The Website also has photographs and film footage of past celebrations and street parties in Gretton, the last one being the Golden Jubilee 10 years ago – these have all been sent in by residents and it is hoped that if anyone out there has any other pictures or film footage of past street parties in the village,  that they are prepared to share these wonderful memories by uploading them to the site.

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