A good royal kneels for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee


Next June, Her Majesty The Queen will become the first British monarch to commemorate a Platinum Jubilee, celebrating 70 years of service.

A number of events are planned to mark this momentous occasion across the bay. These include a huge free concert on Torre Abbey Meadows featuring The Bootleg Beatles on Friday June 3 and the long-awaited return of the English Riviera Airshow on Saturday and Sunday.

The events are organized by Torbay Council with support from English Riviera BID.

The English Riviera Airshow

Jubilee celebrations lead straight to the English Riviera on Saturday and Sunday, centered around Paignton Green.

After a three-year hiatus, the event will be a visual spectacle, with highlights such as the Red Arrows on both days, as well as the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight featuring three of England’s greatest icons. 20th century aviation, the Lancaster, Hurricane and Spitfire.

The Blades, Vortex, Chinook, Yakolevs, Tigers will also take flight over the weekend. For the full program and times, visit the show’s website or purchase a souvenir program.

Councilor Swithin Long, Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration, Tourism and Housing, said: ‘We feel incredibly privileged to welcome the Reds back to the English Riviera Airshow, particularly for the return of the show. aeronautics on such a special weekend – and after a three-year break. We are also very excited about the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, which should thrill the crowds this weekend.

The event village will feature air display team stands where visitors can meet the pilots, as well as local and national vendors selling everything from artwork and books to toys and furniture, family activities, a carnival, food stalls and bars.

The Platinum Jubilee Flotilla

Alongside the airshow, Sunday will also feature a Jubilee flotilla of craft.

Taking to the water in the bay, famous and private vessels will represent all parts of the region’s coastal community – visitors are invited to watch from the shores as the water teems with maritime action to celebrate the Jubilee of queen’s platinum.

From 2pm, ‘The Big Lunch’ will also take place – a giant street party where visitors can expect a festive picnic with friends and family on Paignton Green. There will be a range of high quality food and drink outlets to grab a bite to eat and watch the many flying shows.

Music on the meadows

Music on the Meadows – Credit: Submitted

On Friday June 3, Music on the Meadows promises to be a celebration fit for a queen at Torre Abbey Meadows. The event is set to be the biggest free party on the meadows since the days of the Radio 1 Roadshows.

People are invited to dress in red, white and blue for the day and join in on a nostalgic musical odyssey through the decades of the Queen’s reign – don’t forget to grab a flag to wave.

The party will run from 11:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., with musical entertainment on the main stage such as South Devon Rock Choir, Funk City Band, John Matthew and Happy Days, with their spectacular Platinum Jubilee Show. There will also be party DJ sets from the McGowan family and Chris Tofu – the vintage remix maverick.

The musical entertainment will end beautifully with very special headliners, the Bootleg Beatles, who have performed everywhere from The Cavern to Buckingham Palace and from the Royal Albert Hall to Glastonbury Festival. They are currently touring Europe, before making a triumphant return to the UK for this exclusive event. People will also receive free (durable) flags to wave, giving the whole event a Last Night of the Proms feel.

The event will feature a kids tent with lots of fun and family entertainment from the team behind the kids week. Doorsteps Arts will be on hand to provide theatrical entertainment, while there will be a family circus show called Do What Your Mama Told Yah, which promises to be very messy.

There will also be various rides and fun surprises, while the Scouts will host many traditional games including a Crockery Smash and Splat the Rat. Also on the menu, face painting and glitter tattooing, as well as arts and crafts activities.

Air show during the Jubilee weekend - Credit: Submitted
Air show during the Jubilee weekend – Credit: Submitted

A variety of refreshments will be on sale throughout the event, so there is sure to be something to tempt everyone’s taste buds, from traditional cream teas and homemade cakes to cold beer and delicious savory bites. Don’t miss what promises to be a good old royal knee and a wonderful celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s 70 years of service to the British people. And don’t forget, it’s completely free.

Councilor Swithin Long, Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration, Tourism and Housing, said: “Music on the Meadows is expected to be the highlight of a packed program of events over the long bank holiday weekend. I hope the local community will join us for what promises to be a memorable free party for the whole family.

Councilor Nicole Amil, Chair of the Airshow Task Force and Membership Champion, Queens Platinum Jubilee, added: “We have done everything we can to make this a fitting tribute to a remarkable woman. Join us for the party of the year, when we toast Her Majesty The Queen’s remarkable 70-year reign.


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