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Isle of Wight Diamond Jubilee plans unveiled

Fri 23 Dec 2011

Isle of Wight Diamond Jubilee plans unveiled

Tourists on Isle of Wight holidays next summer may wish to time their trip to the island to coincide with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

The Isle of Wight Council has revealed an ambitious programme of events designed to allow locals and visitors on the island the opportunity to mark the occasion in style.

Queen Elizabeth II will have been on the throne for 60 years next summer and councillor David Williams confirmed bell-ringing is to play a major part of the Isle of Wight's celebrations.

Traditionally, the ringing of bells has been used to mark local or national events and it is thought there are as many as 150 active bell ringers on the island at the present time.

But the Isle of Wight Council is encouraging those who have either quit or retired from the practice to come forward to take part in the event to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Mr Williams said it is a "marvellous idea" to have all of the Isle of Wight's bells ringing on the day, adding: "There are many events planned to celebrate the Jubilee on the island - including the lighting of beacons, a family event in Appley Park and many, many street parties; it will be fitting for our bells to ring out as we celebrate what will be an historic event."

Island bell ringer Viv Nobbs noted the practice is synonymous with the celebration of major events up and down the UK and claimed it will be "wonderful" to have all of the Isle of Wight's bells ringing at the same time to celebrate the Jubilee.

The official Jubilee has been confirmed by the government as taking place from June 2nd to 5th, with workers benefiting from an extra bank holiday to mark the occasion.

Posted by Jon NobleADNFCR-3083-ID-801248361-ADNFCR

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