Duns Jubilee party plans forge ahead

PLANS for the big street party in Duns to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee are gathering momentum.

The event, being organised by Duns Rotary Club in partnership with Duns Community Council and Duns Summer Festival Committee, will be held in the Market Square, on Monday, June 4.

Rotarian Andrew Lester explained: “We are on the verge of finalising the entertainment. The Pipe band are booked, the disco is also ready and we hope to have one more band this week.

“The first 200 children aged up to P7 will receive a voucher for a free ice-cream to kick the evening off.

“We are organising a Diamond Jubilee quiz which will be in two parts with the first part available before the big night and then the second part to be completed on the night with all the correct entries going into a hat and the first 20 correct entries will receive a prize.

“There will also be a Treasure Hunt around the Square for children up to and including P7 with, again, the correct entries going into a hat and the first 20 pulled out receiving a prize.

“We haven’t ignored the grown-ups! We will be running a Fancy Hat competition on the night with the best hats winning cash prizes.

“It might be a Diamond Jubilee Hat that will win, it might be the daftest hat, or it might be the most colourful hat. The first prize is £50, with the runner-up receiving £25 and the third place a £10 note.

“We are collecting for the Margaret Kerr Unit which is the new Stroke and Palliative Care facility being built at the Borders General Hospital so although most of the entertainment is free on the night we are sure that the people of Duns will be very generous in supporting this worthy cause and bring along a contribution.”

The entertainment starts at 6pm with Duns Pipe Band marching into the Square and the event finishes at 10.30pm when the band will march out.

The beacon on Duns Law is to be built by the Young Farmers Club and this will connect to beacons in nearby hills creating a chain of beacons across the land.

Further details will be announced soon.