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Moray preparations for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee

By Alistair Whitfield

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Moray's towns and villages are being asked how they want to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next June.

A number of projects are already under way locally to mark the 70 years on the throne.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visiting Moray during 1961.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visiting Moray during 1961.

The Queen’s Green Canopy, a nationwide tree-planting campaign, is being championed in Moray.

Communities and schools are being urged to request free saplings from the Woodland Trust.

Deputy Lieutenant John Stuart, Earl of Moray, is chairing the project locally with discussions around a ceremonial tree avenue marked with a plaque.

Businesses and landowners are also encouraged to plant trees to mark the occasion or donate to fund the initiative.

More information HERE

The forerunner to the Duke of Edinburgh Awards has also been relaunched by Deputy Lieutenant Joanna Grant Peterkin to help young people participate in outdoor activities.

Known as the Moray Badge Platinum Jubilee, it kicks off in Moray schools later this month and will run until next year.

Helen Moore.
Helen Moore.

A dedicated project officer, Helen Moore, is working with schools and communities on this.

More information is available on the Lieutenancy website HERE.

More than 1500 beacons will be lit at sunset on June 2.

Communities across Moray will get the chance to register their intention to light a beacon.

In addition, pipers will be encouraged to play ‘Diu Regnate’, a tune specially composed for the event

The Big Jubilee Lunch on June 5 will involve community picnics or tea parties bringing together families, friends and neighbours to celebrate once more.

Details on how local communities can register will be posted on the Moray and Banffshire Lieutenancies’ websites respectively.

Major General Seymour Monro, Moray’s Lord-Lieutenant, said: "Seventy years on the throne is a feat no previous monarch has achieved.

"The Platinum Jubilee celebrations are sure to be fun, memorable and leave a lasting legacy in Moray.

"The Moray and Banffshire Lieutenancies, together with Moray Council, are keen to support communities and schools to mark this milestone,.

"To kick-off the celebrations, I’d encourage all those interested in tree-planting request their free tree pack from the Woodland Trust as soon as possible."

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