A Right Royal Pageant for Queen

'Love Shrewsbury' focuses on Shrewsbury - but with the Queen on her way to Shropshire this week, it's a Royal reason for making an exception!

Final preparations are now under way for a spectacular pageant to celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee at RAF Cosford. More than 35,000 people are expected at the event on Thursday 12th July 2012.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are due to attend as part of their Diamond Jubilee Tour across the nation, and the event will feature singing, music and a colourful procession over half a mile long, made up of 5,000 schoolchildren!

Over 35,000 people registered for free tickets and motorists are therefore being warned to expect some traffic congestion on the roads around RAF Cosford during the morning of Thursday 12 July.

Gates will open at 8am, and people can enter the site at any time, with activities due to start at 9am and the “Reignbow” procession taking place at 1.40pm.

Live information will be posted on the event’s Twitter feed @ShropshireDJP using the hashtag #jubileeshrops. 

There is also a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ShropshireDJP where people can share pictures and videos on the day. itself

The free event is being organised by a team led by the Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire, involving Shropshire Council, Telford & Wrekin Council, RAF Cosford and the RAF Cosford Museum, amongst others.

The Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire, Mr Algernon Heber-Percy, said “We are all very excited about the day and hope everyone will have a wonderful time.  A huge amount of work has gone into organising the event and the spectacular procession, so we are all praying for good weather. We have been delighted that so many people have registered for tickets to come along."

“Gates open at 8am, activities will be taking place all day from 9am, and the pageant procession will start at 1.40pm, so we are hoping there will be a steady stream of activity across the site during the morning.”

Activities will run from 9am to 5pm, featuring demonstrations from Shropshire’s industrial, commercial and agricultural expertise in a “Showcase Hangar”, and musicians and singers will be performing on an outdoor stage throughout the day.

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will be hosted at a reception at the RAF Museum, which will be closed to the public during the day, before being driven through the crowds to watch the spectacular Reignbow Procession.

For more details go to the event website at: www.shropshirejubilee.co.uk

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