Published Monday, 14 May 2012
Lanarkshire is preparing to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a wide range of events.
The Lord Lieutenant of Lanarkshire Mustaq Ahmad, who represents Her Majesty in the county, and his deputies will be leading the celebrations.
He said: "I am particularly keen that we, in this area, participate in the celebrations and acknowledge the occasion appropriately.
"A great deal of preparation is underway in our schools where a variety of events and activities will take place and I am also pleased to say that great interest is now building up in our local communities and a wide range of events are at the planning stage."
For general information please go to our Diamond Jubilee events page.
A Jubilee Big Lunch will be held in the Assembly Room at the Low Parks Museum in Hamilton on Sunday 3 June.
And there will also be an exhibition on commemorative souvenirs also planned for Low Parks as well as at East Kilbride and Rutherglen Libraries.
Also over the weekend there will be a Royal and 50s themed festival over the June holiday weekend at Summerlee Museum of Industrial Life.
Celebrations at Summerlee will take place on Sunday 3 and Monday 4, and are expected to include a 1950s street party at the miners' row and a princess party featuring Princess Poppy author Janey Louise Jones.
The Summerlee street party on June 3 will also incorporate the "big lunch" community initiative.
There will also be a celebration of the life of local artist David Donaldson. Mr Donaldson was raised in Coatbridge, painted the Queen's portrait in 1966 and held the position of Her Majesty's painter and limner in Scotland from 1977 until his death 19 years later.
One of his paintings, which is owned by the North Lanarkshire art collection, will be on display, and school pupils will take part in an art competition inspired by his works.
A themed performance poetry on the tram, a flash mob of young dancers, adult choir performance of Queen songs and a photographic workshop offering 1950s portraits are also being planned.
Residents' memories of the coronation will be captured for a DVD and a "right royal reads" collection will be promoted, including a chosen book for each year of the Queen's reign.
In the week leading to the celebrations a multi-faith service will be held at Airdrie New Wellwynd Church. The service, taking place at 3pm on Sunday, 27 May, will be attended by the Lord Lieutenant, his deputies, the Provosts of both North and South Lanarkshire along with Council Leaders and Chief Executives.
A beacon will also be lit in Lanarkshire on Monday 4 June as part of a 2012-strong network across the UK and Commonwealth at 10.15pm.
Pupils at the county's schools will also be involved in a special concert in Motherwell Concert Hall on Thursday 7 June featuring the county's pipe band, chorus and traditional music groups.
In addition the Lord Lieutenant and his deputies are keen to meet with and present local groups and businesses with special commemorative certificates to recognise the remarkable Royal milestone.
Mr Ahmad said: "Having consulted my colleagues, deputies and representatives of the business and volunteer communities, I am keen they have the opportunity to join in the celebrations.
"These organisations are undoubtedly very important to Lanarkshire and I or one of my deputies would be delighted to present a Jubilee Certificate to mark this great occasion in our country's history."
Groups or businesses wishing to take up the offer should email the Lord Lieutenant's Office