Wiltshire

Wiltshire celebrates Queen's Diamond Jubilee

Preparations for Kington St Michael's Jubilee party
Image caption The Kington St Michael Diamond Jubilee Committee has received a 'thank you' letter from Buckingham Palace

Final preparations are taking place in a Wiltshire village for a Jubilee party that has been a year in the planning.

Residents of Kington St Michael have raised more than £10,000 for Monday's party with dozens of fundraising events.

Diamond Jubilee celebrations in the county kicked off on Saturday with a 1950s tea party at Swindon Museum.

More than 140 street parties were taking place over the weekend across the Wiltshire.

The Kington St Michael Diamond Jubilee Committee has received a letter from Buckingham Palace on behalf of the Queen thanking them for their support.

Conga in Salisbury

Hand-thrown commemorative Jubilee mugs have been crafted for the village event which will also include a tug-of-war and a go-kart race.

Sunday events in Wiltshire included a Big Lunch in Swindon and a banner parade in Purton.

More than 200 people were expected to be dancing the conga in Salisbury following a neighbourhood picnic at The Meadows.

Organiser Diane Williams said: "For the last Jubilee it was a bit like today for the weather and they ended up in the scout hut.

"But one of the older ladies told me they still managed to do a conga around the field, so we are hoping to follow the same tradition this Jubilee and get everyone together to do a conga later on."

In Swindon town centre there were stilt-walkers, food stalls and street performers.

And in Purton village the banner parade was due to be followed by entertainment late into the evening.

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