Maidenhead Carnival 2012 to take place on jubilee weekend

Maidenhead Carnival 2012 to take place on jubilee weekend

Nicola Hine

Maidenhead Carnival 2012 to take place on jubilee weekend

Double celebrations will be in order this summer with the biggest event in Maidenhead's social calendar set to coincide with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Maidenhead Carnival 2012 will take place across the weekend of June 1-3, running hand in hand with country-wide celebrations between June 2-5 to mark the 60-year reign of Queen Elizabeth.

The double occasion will be embraced with jubilee bunting likely to be hung in the streets and residents are encouraged to turn out and enjoy a bigger version of the popular event.

Town centre manager and carnival chairman Steph James expects the carnival will be themed around the jubilee.

The weekend itself is expected to follow its usual format, with activities for the younger generation on the Friday - typically a Battle of the Bands contest - and the parade on the Sunday.

As the following Monday and Tuesday are designated public holidays there will be plenty of time for people to hold their own events too.

Steph hopes families will come together in Kidwells Park to enjoy the carnival atmosphere.

Queen Elizabeth inherited the throne exactly 60 years ago today but her coronation did not take place until June 2, 1953.

Her golden jubilee, marked a decade ago, saw street parties held across the town to celebrate.

Further details about the 2012 Carnival plans will be announced in due course.

WATCH: Click here to see a video from last year's carnival.

Visit our dedicated Queen's Diamond Jubilee page for more diamond jubilee news. Click here.

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