Billinge to light up

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BILLINGE will be awash with light during a sparking weekend of Jubilee celebrations.

A “Picnic in the Park” event in Bankes Park, Billinge will culminate in the lighting of Billinge Beacon at 10pm.

The focus is strictly on family fun with events including community picnic (bring your own food and drink) and entertainment available with a DJ, samba band, tombola and community stalls – selling homemade produce.

The Beacon will be lit to a countdown from the picnic area in Bankes Park where spectators will get the best viewing point for the lighting ceremony.

Meanwhile, as well as 22 street parties planned across the borough there’ll be right royal fun aplenty in Church Square on Saturday, June 2 (11am to 4pm).

Loads of family fun is promised – including flag making workshops, face painting and a special appearance by jubilee joker Rumple the Clown, who’s ready to entertain the crowds with some hilarious stunts. And there’ll be a whole lot more besides!

The square will be decked out to create a patriotic party feel – covered with union jack bunting and with plenty of free union jack flags for youngsters to wave.

Musical entertainment will be provided by the St Helens Youth Brass Band, with dedicated seating areas for those who just want to sit and sample the scones and sandwiches available to buy from food outlets.

From fire it’s definitely a watery event with an adrenaline fuelled power board racing at Carr Mill Dam on Saturday June 2 and Sunday June 3. Powerboat racers from across the UK will compete for the 2nd round of the RYA British National Championships. Around forty boats are expected to compete over the weekend in six different classes.

A Jubilee Family Fun Day Saturday at Park Farm ACYP Centre, Carr Mill, on 2 June (1-4pm) will offer entertainment and activities for all the family. Ramp riders, the Saints mascot, arts and crafts workshops, displays and face painting are among the attractions.

There will also be refreshments and a tabletop sale, while children aged 5-10 will be able to get creative and design a crown and win prizes.

Anyone interested in selling goods at the tabletop sale (£10 per table) should contact the centre in advance on 01744 754367.

Over at Earlestown Market another Jubilee Family Fun Day is set to pull in the crowds on Friday 8 June. Town crier Barry McQueen, with attractions that include face painting, a classic car show, street performances, jugglers and some great competitions to win goodies from local stores, will open it. The fun day takes place between 11am and 3pm.

Deputy Leader of the council and Cabinet Member for Urban Regeneration, Housing and Culture Councillor Barrie Grunewald said: “This all promises to be a fabulous, fun occasion, that gives everyone the opportunity to get involved with the jubilee celebrations across the borough. It’s certainly going to be an action packed Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend.”