Celebrating the Jubilee

Two community groups have joined forces to gather ideas on how Aboyne should mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in June.

Mid Deeside Community Council and Mid Deeside Limited are seeking ideas from residents on how this occasion should be marked in the village.

A number of suggestions have already been put forward, including joining the Big Lunch on June 3, or a family event on the Green, as well as proposals for a permanent memorial of the anniversary.

Both organisations will be hosting a public meeting in the Victory Hall, Aboyne, on Wednesday, February 8, starting at 7.30pm.

Chairman of Mid Deeside Limited, Peter Argyle, said: “The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee will be a tremendous occasion and I hope that people in Aboyne will join in with what will be a national celebration.

“We are seeking ideas on how the anniversary should be marked, either over the Jubilee holiday weekend by a family event or by a more lasting memorial – or both.

“It is 115 years since this country last celebrated a diamond jubilee and by definition, it will be a while before it will do so again.

“It should be a day to remember and one in which everyone in Aboyne can join.”

A number of Deeside communities are already planning how to mark the Jubilee and MDCC and MDL hope that Aboyne will also see planning get underway soon.

* To mark 60 years of The Queen’s reign, the Diamond Jubilee, celebrations will centre around an extended weekend on June 2, 3, 4 and 5.

The Queen came to the throne on February 6 1952 and her coronation took place on June 2 1953.

She celebrated her Silver Jubilee (25 years) in 1977 and her Golden Jubilee (50 years) in 2002. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will be visiting England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in 2012 to mark Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee.

The first British monarch to mark 50 years on the throne in a significant way was George III.

The only other British monarch to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee was Queen Victoria, in 1897.