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Cheltenham set for two days of Jubilee celebrations

Cheltenham is gearing up for its largest two-day free celebration for the community at Pittville Pump Room and Park to mark The Queen's platinum jubilee.

The Cheltenham Trust, supported by Cheltenham Borough Council, is hosting the event from Thursday, June 2, and Friday, June 3.

The highlight will be the lighting of Cheltenham's official beacon at 9.45pm on the Thursday from the balcony of the pump room, with Cheltenham Mayor Cllr Sandra Holliday, Gloucestershire deputy lieutenant Manny Masih, and Louis Eperjesi, chair of the trust's board of trustees.

The countdown to the beacon lighting starts at 9.15pm and will be led by compere, BBC Points West Gloucestershire reporter and presenter Steve Knibbs. The crowd will be invited to join the massed singing of 'Sweet Caroline', the song chosen by the public as their song for the jubilee.

Bugler Alastair Stock will sound the jubilee bugle call, Majesty, at 9.40pm. The People's Show Choir will perform the specially written jubilee song, Song for the Commonwealth, at 9.45pm, as the beacon is lit from the pump room balcony.

The programme of events is as follows:

Thursday 2 June

Midday: Barbecue and pop up food and drink outlets open

4pm: Live music with Pajoma Gospel Choir

4.30pm: Music across the decades with DJ Paul Grace

5pm: Circus skills workshop with Tristan Glover

6pm: Music across the decades with DJ Paul Grace

7pm: Live music with The Lady and The Sax

8pm: Music across the decades with DJ Paul Grace

8.15pm: Live music with The Lady and The Sax

9.15pm: Massed singing of the people's choice jubilee song, Sweet Caroline, with The People's Show Choir and friends led by BBC Points West Gloucestershire reporter and presenter Steve Knibbs

9.15pm: Countdown to the beacon lighting

9.40pm: Bugle call, Majesty, sounded by bugler Alastair Stock

9.45pm: Cheltenham's beacon lit from the pump room balcony, with the singing of specially commissioned song, 'Song for the Commonwealth', with The People's Show Choir and friends

10pm: Event closes

Friday 3 June

Midday: Barbecue and pop up food and drink outlets open

12pm: Music with DJ Jim Hannaway

12.30pm: Live music from The Lady and The Sax

1.30pm: Live music with DJ Jim Hannaway

2pm: Live music from The Lady and The Sax

3pm: Live music with DJ Jim Hannaway

3.30pm: Cheltenham Rock Choir

4.30pm: Circus skills workshop with Tristan Glover

5.30pm: Live music with DJ Jim Hannaway

6.30pm: Singer Adam Cross

8pm: Event closes

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