Residents of Kirkby Lonsdale are gearing up for a spectacular weekend of celebrations for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

Kirkby Lonsdale and Lune Valley Community Interest Company (CIC) has announced a series of events taking place in the town's historic Market Square, including a Dancing Through The Decades musical celebration.

From Thursday, June 2, and Sunday, June 5, the CIC will decorate Kirkby Lonsdale and set up a stage in Market Square for music and dance performances aimed at all ages over the Jubilee weekend.

The weekend will feature the Market Square 'Street Party' on Friday, June 3, and Saturday, June 4, and the square will be decorated with colourful flowers, thanks to the Jubilee Flower project led by Phoebe Rodway and funded by Great Place: Lakes and Dale.

There will be music all weekend and dance performances by Curious Dance Company on the Saturday, conceived and produced by Jayne Davies and funded by Cumbria Community Foundation and Arts Council England's 'Let’s Create' Fund.

With input from over 30 community groups and local businesses, the event includes a Jubilee market day and a special poetry commission at the Beacon Ceremony on Thursday.

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There will be live music performances, children’s games and dance workshops, and a 'Choose Your Decade' disco on Friday, and on Saturday, revellers will be treated to a specially commissioned dance performance and demonstrations.

On Sunday, there will be a Closing Ceremony featuring  Kirkby Lonsdale Brass Band, a dance showing of Lancaster-based Miss Baines (Louise Gibbons), a  performance by Kirkby Lonsdale Handbell Ringers, and a Musical Quiz Night.

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Phoebe Rodway, organiser of the Jubilee Flower Project, said "It has been so fulfilling to work with groups in the community to produce these bright and celebratory carnival-style flowers to decorate Market Square. 

"The materials have been reused from the Christmas Lantern Procession and we have added records and old CDs so even the flowers will be 'Dancing Through The Decades' alongside the community dancing in the square!"