Vintage fun

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard will host a new event over the bank holiday weekend of June 2-3. Victorious Vintage will feature an array of beautiful vintage stalls throughout the dockyard, with colourful characters from different eras and live bands on the main stage.

Following the success of the Victorian Festival of Christmas, the dockyard has teamed up once again with Love Southsea and The Boutique Market for this free event, highlighting the best of bygone eras.

Both evenings will have a headline act but groups announced already include Dodgy and the Lightning Seeds.

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Punch up at Queen Vic show

Jubilee preparations at Blists Hill © VisitBritainAlthough 2012 is all about celebrating the present Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the townsfolk at Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge in Shropshire will be stepping back in time to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee from June 2-5.

A daily concert on The Green will feature patriotic entertainment, including bagpipe players and drummers from the Seaforth Highlanders band in full Scottish costume and the Wellington (Telford) Brass Band.

Strolling actors will perform scenes from novels by Charles Dickens while younger visitors can enjoy a traditional Punch and Judy show.

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Light my fire

A beacon chain was once used as a tool for communication and they have marked royal weddings, jubilees and coronations in Britain for centuries, with beacons being lit on village greens, castle battlements, church towers, beaches and mountain tops.

In 1897, beacons were lit nationally to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee and, in 1977 and 2002, beacons were lit to celebrate the Queen’s Silver and Golden Jubilees.

Diamond Jubilee Beacon ©

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Beacons will be lit on Bank Holiday Monday, June 4, with the aim to light 2,012 beacons across the UK and Commonwealth nations.

The 10 pupils of Britain’s highest school, Flash Primary School in Flash, Staffordshire, will be lighting their own beacon, as will the residents of Reigate, St Albans, Nottingham and Lowestoft. The Queen will light the national beacon at approximately 10.30pm in central London.

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