The Diamond Jubilee is finally upon us, and Boston and the surrounding villages are going all out to celebrate the special royal event - with one village even decorating scarecrows up as The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh.
With the weekend set to be a patriotic celebration, residents in Freiston have decorated 2012-themed scacrecrows.
The eye-catching designs include one of The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. See the attached video for Prince Philip the scarecrow!
Here’s a look at the events taking place around the borough:
BOSTON - There will be a Boston Big Picnic in the Park at Central Park on Monday. The Boston Town Area Committee organised event begins at 10.30am, with an official opening at 11am conducted by Boston Standard Jubilee Queen Zonnita Haw and Princess Eve Tointon.
Games including egg and spoon, sack race, skipping, three-legged and wheelbarrow races will be held, with the chance to win specially minted Olympic medals.
At noon the Jubilee Fountain will be switched on and there will be live music and entertainment throughout the day including jazz act Blue in Green, Diamond Karaoke from Endeavour Radio, Boston Grammar School Schuhplattlergruppe.
There will also be the World Championship Bowling Greens cabbage bowling event, with the final at 4pm.
The event finishes at 4.30pm.
Also in Boston:
Saturday, June 2: Street Party at 78 Princess Anne Road, Boston. Buffet, games, quizzes and a raffle from 4.30pm. Tickets cost £8 each. On Wednesday, West End cinema will have a celebration including a showing of the King’s Speech for the over 50s with a patriotic themed fancy dress competition and a traditional English cream tea. The film will be screened at 11.30am. Music from 1952 will be played throughout the day.
ALGARKIRK - Monday, June 4: Free party for children between 1pm and 3pm; party with entertainment and food in the evening from 7pm for adults at a small charge. All activities take place at the village hall on Church Lane. All children under the age of 16 and resident in the parish will receive a commemorative medal.
FISHTOFT - Monday, June 4: Fun day at the playing field on Church Green Road with stalls, games, live music, refreshments and a bouncy castle.
BICKER - Tuesday, June 5: Party in the Park. Residents bring their own food and enjoy a host of free activities from 2pm. Activities include a royal fancy dress competition. Jubilee memorial gift for all school children.
HOLLAND FEN: Sunday, June 3: Party for all village residents at the village hall.
FRAMPTON: Saturday, June 9: Garden party in the grounds of Frampton Hall. Fun events for all the family, including fairground rides, entertainment and games, among other things, starting at 1pm. St Mary’s Church will also host an exhibition about Frampton in each year of the Queen’s reign. Kirton Primary School choir will also perform. The village has also been chosen as the site of a Jubilee beacon, which will be lit on June 4.
WYBERTON - Tuesday, June 5: Jubilee fun day all day with events including dancing demonstrations, a fancy dress parade and a Spitfire fly-past. There will also be activities on the playing field. On June 2, there will be a Jubilee dance at the social club, as well as an exhibition of photos and items from the 1950s, and a history of Wyberton exhibition.
ST THOMAS’S CHURCH - Monday, June 4: A celebration to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the church’s centenary. There will be a hog roast, games, a treasure hunt and a street party starting at 1.30pm.
LEVERTON - Monday, June 4: Celebration event for all residents at Leverton Leisure Centre from 2pm. Games, competitions, fancy dress, free buffet and a licensed bar. Jubilee mugs for every child under 16.
WRANGLE - Saturday, June 2: Village street party at 11am with live music, fancy dress and a talent show.
GOSBERTON - A Jubilee weekend Songs of Praise will be held in the Church of St Peter and St Paul, as a group service with the Clough and Risegate St Gilbert and St Hugh and Quadring St Margarets churches. People are welcome to vote for the songs they would like to hear. Special refreshments will be available, including a Union Flag cake.
STICKNEY - Bank Holiday weekend: There will be an exhibition in St Mary’s Church called Refresh your Memories, which will include memorable items from the last 60 years, such as toys, household items and technology. A number of wedding dresses of the 1950s will also be on show. There will be free refreshments and activities for children. The event will be open from 10am until 4pm from Friday to Monday. There will also be a Jubilee Songs of Praise at 6pm on Sunday, June 3, led by the Rev Joan Thornett. Also, on Monday, June 4, a family celebration will be taking place from noon at the former Stickney Farm Park. Family activities including an assault course, vintage vehicle exhibition and live music. There will also be a fly-past by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. On June 9, there will be a ceilidah in the village hall, starting at 8pm. Tickets cost £10, including a ploughman’s supper. Bring your own drinks. Call 01205 480641 for details and tickets.
FYDELL HOUSE - Saturday, June 2: The Friends of the Stump are hosting a 1950s-style tea party from 2pm. Pimms on arrival, strawberries and cream served to all. Tickets are £7.50 and are available from the Stump shop on 01205 354670.
SWINESHEAD - Monday, June 4: Celebration in the Market Place. Unveiling of the plaque on the Jubilee Oak at Tarry Hill at 10.30am, followed by a parade. There will also be a fancy dress competition, and a day of entertainment including local performers, crafts, food and other activities. All events are free.
KIRTON - Monday, June 4: Graves Park Playing Field. Live music, events arena, attractions, stalls and displays, plus a Kirton’s Got Talent competition. Event starts at noon and lasts until 8pm.
ST GUTHLAC’S CHURCH - Sunday, June 3: Royal Jubilee Celebration at 11am in St Guthlac’s Church. There will be coronation hymns and archive film followed by cakes, sherry and coffee.
BOSTON STUMP - Sunday, June 3: Diamond Jubilee concert at 4pm. Admission is free and the programme will include songs including Jerusalem and Orb and Sceptre - the coronation march.
DONINGTON - Sunday, June 10: Diamond Jubilee Fun in Flinders Park from 2pm onwards. A fun day including performances by the Holbeach Town Band, games, afternoon tea and much more.
FRISKNEY - Sunday, June 3: Exhibition of old photographs, books and records of Friskney from noon in the village hall. There will also be a village picnic. Bring sandwiches, but tea and cakes will be provided by the WI. More events will take place on Monday, June 4, when the village hall will be open for children’s activities and a barn dance for adults. The village’s Jubilee beacon will be lit on Monday between 10 and 10.30pm.
BROADFIELD LANE, BOSTON - Friday, June 1: Celebrations at Mayfield Sheltered Housing. Staniland Primary School will perform for residents.
FREISTON - Monday, June 4: Events begin at 11am at St James’ Church. There will be a senior citizens’ lunch at 12.30pm. From 2pm onwards there will be a picnic at the playing field with entertainment. There will be a treasure hunt around the village from 6.30pm-7.30pm, ceilidh at 7.30pm and a hog roast at 9.30pm. There are a selection of 2012-themed scarecrows around the village for the weekend.