|Queen’s birthday celebrations, Jubilee set for Provo, Grand Turk|
|Thursday, 24 May 2012 17:14|
As part of the Turks and Caicos Islands celebrations of Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and birthday, His Excellency the Gov. Ric Todd has announced celebratory events that will take place on Providenciales and Grand Turk.
On June 2, a birthday parade has been organized to commemorate Queen Victoria’s birthday on Providenciales at the downtown ballpark behind the Gustarvus Lightbourne Sports Centre.
Displays from local schools and youth groups will be on display beginning at 4 p.m., and the main parade starts at 5 p.m. The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police band will perform, and the governor will make a salute to the Queen.
Residents and visitors on Grand Turk are invited to participate in observing the Queen’s birthday on June 4 along with students from local schools, youth organizations, employees from various uniformed service and the police band. The event will commence at 5 p.m. at the Parade Ground, North Back Salina, Grand Turk.
The Queen’s Golden Jubilee will take place on June 5 on Governor’s Beach starting at 3 p.m. where the Culture Commission will lead various activities throughout the afternoon. The celebration will continue with the lighting of beacons constructed by local scouts, musical entertainment from the police band and a festive annual beach party.
These events have been scheduled to allow the people of the TCI to take part in Jubilee celebrations simultaneously with millions of people across the Commonwealth.
“The parade on 2 June is the first official commemoration of the Queen’s birthday on Providenciales for a number of years,” the governor said. “I very much hope that it will attract a good audience, including our tourist visitors who will have an opportunity to see some local culture at first hand.
“The beach party and beacon lighting on Grand Turk is a great opportunity for the community to celebrate Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee, and is planned to be a fun, family centered afternoon and evening.”
The public is reminded that both June 4 and 5 are public holidays, with the June 4 public holiday to replace the public holiday originally planned for June 11.
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