Duns street party plan for Jubilee

The Rotary Club of Duns is organising a Diamond Jubilee Party in The Market Square on Monday, June 4.

The idea is to have a big family street party with the Duns Pipe Band, a disco with music from the six decades of the Queen’s reign, a mystery band, quiz, Slaters Fun Fair, a Treasure Hunt for juniors around the Square and other entertainment.

It is also hoped to organise a ‘Duns Has Got Talent’ slot when 12 local acts will compete for a cash prize.

The event will take place from 6pm to 10.30pm with the beacon on Duns Law being lit as part of the national network of beacons at 11pm.

Duns Rotary is organising the event in partnership with the Duns Community Council and the Summer Festival Committee. All events will be free thanks to a Jubilee Grant that has been awarded from Scottish Borders Council.

Duns Rotarian Andrew Lester said: “The streets will be closed off, the lights will be on, the pipes skirling, the music pumping and the Square will be jumpin’.

“I understand that we will be one of the few Diamond Jubilee Street Parties be held in the Borders - particularly on the Monday.

“We are holding it then as we do not wish to clash with the Jim Clark Rally.

“The event is free although we will be collecting for the Margaret Kerr Unit at Borders General Hospital.”

He added: “The street parties in Duns are always a great success with a wonderful party atmosphere.

“This is a family event and we will be asking the public to come out in numbers and enjoy an event which will celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s 60 years on the throne - a remarkable achievement.

“Bring your own picnic, tables and chairs and make it a night to remember - and pray for good weather!”

Further details regarding the event will be announced in due course.