May 23 2013 Latest news:
Dominic Bareham, senior reporter
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
A regal weekend of Diamond Jubilee events in a Norfolk town was completed with the planting of a time capsule containing magazines and newspaper cuttings yesterday.
Attleborough mayor Samantha Taylor buried the tube in the ground in Queen’s Square as crowds of visitors looked on.
In her speech, she said that she hoped to be around for another 60 years when the capsule could be dug up again.
The memorabilia included historic artefacts provided by the town’s heritage group and a booklet charting the changes in the town during the Queen’s reign and a photo album, in addition to cuttings from the EDP’s sister paper the Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury.
A stone plaque will mark the spot on the square where the capsule is buried.
The town’s busy programme of events started on Saturday with a flower festival at St Mary’s Church, a craft fair and vintage car and tractor display at Connaught Hall and art displays in the town hall.
There was also a children’s story telling session in the library and a coffee morning and tea party.
To round off the day, a Party in the Park event at the town’s recreation ground attracted a 1,000-strong crowd who enjoyed performances by a Queen tribute band and a number of local bands.
On Sunday, the main event was the carnival procession through the town, as well as art displays, an open gardens event, a play at Connaught Hall and an evening church service at St Mary’s Church.
On Monday, there was a treasure hunt, bell ringing and the lighting of the jubilee beacon on the recreation ground by Attleborough’s paralympic shotputter Danny Nobbs.