Everything is now in place for the Duns Diamond Jubilee street party which will take place in Duns Market Square on Monday, June 4, between 6-10.30pm.
The Rotary Club of Duns has put together a fantastic programme of entertainment and fun that will have something for everyone.
At 6pm the famous Duns Pipe Band will march into the Square to start the evening. They will play a selection of jigs and reels to get feet tapping before handing over to DG Disco who will be playing music from all six decades of the Queen’s reign.
At 8pm ‘Where’s George’, our local, highly talented, all girl band will take over for an hour of high energy rock.
DG Disco then resume their parade through the decades before finally handing over to Duns Pipe Band who will close the evening.
Shortly after the close of events in the Square the beacon on top of Duns Law will be lit as part of the network of beacons across the country.
There’s plenty for all the family with Slater’s Fun Fair, a treasure hunt, a jubilee quiz for everyone and an opportunity to win £50 in the jubilee hat competition.
The fanciest hat – to be judged by Robert and Elizabeth Lamont, the president of Duns Rotary and his wife - will win the first prize of £50 with a second prize of £25 and a third prize of £10. So get dressing those hats – “you’ve got to be in it to win it” as has been said so often. There is no age barrier and anyone can enter – male or female!
In addition the first 200 children, of primary school age or younger, to present themselves to the event caravan can pick up a voucher for a free ice-cream at Fortes.
The evening is free but there will be a collection for the Margaret Kerr Stroke and Palliative Care Unit at Borders General Hospital.
The Square will be closed to all traffic from 5.30pm until 11pm and some tables and chairs will be provided but you may wish to take your own to ensure that you have everything you need. Plenty of parking is available in nearby streets.
A Diamond Jubilee for a reigning monarch is a remarkable achievement and it is hoped that the people of Duns and surrounding districts will turn out to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s 60 years on the throne, pay tribute to her work and enjoy an evening of celebration.
Pray for good weather but if the evening turns inclement then a reduced programme will be run in the Volunteer Hall.
Many people have been involved in putting this event together and the Rotary Club would like to thank Duns Community Council, Duns Summer Festival Committee for the stage and the bunting, the Air Training Corp for marshalling duties and the businesses and residents around the Square for their forbearance.
Here’s to an event to remember.