City ready to party for Queen Diamond Jubilee

By Matthew Bates 31/05 Updated: 01/06 11:55

COVENTRY will celebrate the Diamond Jubilee with two city centre parties on Sunday.

As well as the 30 street parties, Millennium Place and Lower Precinct will host live music before the live screen site shows the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant where over 1,000 boats will gather on the River Thames.

All the events celebrate 60 years of Her Majesty The Queen's reign.

Tables and chairs will be laid out at Millennium Place with visitors encouraged to take their lunch.

The Meridian Dance Orchestra kick off proceedings at 11am with the 16-piece dance orchestra entertaining the crowds with classic numbers.

Peter Wright will also perform songs from 1940s and 50s, trying to get the crowd to sing-a-long in the process before the Jubilee flotilla starts at 2pm.

Lower Precinct will also host live music from 11am, with bands playing music heard throughout The Queen's reign. Phoenix Rock and Roll band start proceedings with 50s music, before The Sorrows, Zodiacs and The Allskas take to the stage. Panjabi MC will represent the 90s before young rockers The Prospects play the tunes of today.

Centre bosses are encouraging visitors to wear their favourite Coventry City top, with FA Cup

winner Keith Houchen a special guest for the day.

The extended weekend will see street parties taking place across Coventry on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

Our photographers will be out and about capturing all the fun, but you can also email your own pictures to, putting JUBILEE in the subject field.

Pubs join the party with food giveaways

PUBS across the city are offering free food and drink as part of their jubilee celebrations.

The Old Mill in Baginton and Bear Inn in Berkswell are giving away a free bottle of Prosecco tomorrow (Friday) to anyone born in the year the Queen came to throne.

At the Tollgate on Holyhead Road and the Walsgrave on Walsgrave Road couples celebrating 60 years of marriage can claim a free carvery between Monday and next Saturday.

The same offer is available at The Sparrow Brewers Fayre on Coombe Fields Road over the weekend.

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