Plan the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations in Weymouth
CELEBRATIONS including beacon lighting, fireworks, street parties and a resident grant have all been recommended to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next year.
The Weymouth Town Council Services Committee has come up with suggestions for commemorating the jubilee at the end of May next year.
The committee recommended the reallocation of £ 29,422 to fund events.
“These events can encourage people to come to town, but it’s about celebrating Weymouth for the sake of Weymouth,” said Councilor David Northam, a member of the services committee.
“We are looking for innovative ways, by making funds available, to support successful celebrations. ”
Residents’ funding to organize celebrations will amount to £ 6,000 in total and is expected to come in the form of grants of £ 500.
A budget of £ 6,000 has also been proposed for the fireworks and £ 500 for the beacon lighting event.
Fundraising Grants are intended to be a way for Weymouth residents to come up with their own ideas.
However, Cllr Northam says the money made available is used to celebrate all of Weymouth and not just the town center.
“It’s not just about the waterfront, it’s about the local communities where they could be popular.
It is hoped that the street parties, planned in collaboration with Dorset Council, will encourage residents and community groups to organize events, with the advice and guidance of local authorities.
Cllr Northam said he would like to see suggestions that mirror some of the events seen in the Inside Out festival, using the entire waterfront, especially the jubilee clock.
“I thought the puppeteers were very impressive during Inside Out. I would love to see something similar, or new ideas, roaming the city.
“It is about launching the principle of full initiatives.
The proposed funding allocation for the jubilee celebrations is in addition to efforts to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 2012 Olympics, which include plans for a beach sports festival, a sports development grant, a space on the beach for clubs, invitations to commercial water sports providers and a £ 5,000 prize art installation at Nothe Gardens.
Weymouth City Council also said Britain’s volleyball teams have already expressed keen interest in participating in the Weymouth Beach Sports Festival as the final warm-up for the Commonwealth Games.
Proposals will now need to be approved by the finance and governance committee as well as the full board.