Diamond Jubilee festivities in York this weekend

The bunting has already been whipped up around town in preparation for this weekend's Diamond Jubilee festivities. In honour of Her Majesty's 60th year on the throne, York is staging a number of events to celebrate.

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The weekend will be kicked off in York on Saturday, June 2 with the Minster bell ringers at 9.30am before a military gun salute at midday in the Museum Gardens. Throughout the weekend, churches will also be holding numerous special services.

One of the more quirky events of the weekend is the Buskival festival, where street performers will showcase their talents in 11 special busking pitches set up around the city.

As well as local musicians, fire-eaters and dancers performing, festival organisers have also invited along Britain's Got Talent 'Faces of Disco', a comedy dance act that poses as celebrities using face masks. No doubt a Queen or two doing the macarena is likely to emerge. Australian Ernest Magnifico will also be performing with a high adrenaline stunt show.

The York Muscial Society and Orchestra will be holding a concert at the Minster on Saturday night showcasing music associated with Royal occasions. Also on June 8, the York Minster Rose Dinner will be held for 900 guests in the nave of York Minster. Fine dining and entertainment will be provided in a magnificent setting for those that attend but at £1,500 for a table of 10, this may be a little too pricey for student budgets.

For younger York residents, Clifford's Tower is staging a Royal trail, where mini monarchs will be hidden around the heritage site for visitors to find.

York's Barley hall is also revealing its nationalistic side as on June 2 there will be an exhibition entitled, 'From Hamlet to Hollywood: the Diamond Jubilee Celebration'. Historic costumes will be on display including the festivity appropriate outfits worn by Helen Mirran in 'The Queen' and Helena Bonham Carter and Colin Firth in 'The King's Speech.

York will also be part of the Guiness World Record attempt for the longest ever chain of beacons. On Monday, June 4, 4000 beacons will be lit across the UK with York's beacon being lit at 10.15 in St Helen's Square.

As per tradition, streets around York will be closed to cars for street parties. Cucumber sandwiches, Victoria sponges and cocktail sausages will abound the roads of town and if you fancy a bit of community bonding and joint celebration, a full list of the locations of street parties can be found on the York Press website.



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