Suffolk Show Festival of Suffolk Pageant to take place with parachutists and marching bands to celebrate Queen's Platinum Jubilee
The final day of the Suffolk Show is set to end with a bang as the Festival of Suffolk Torch Relay arrives at Trinity Park in style.
On Wednesday June 1 the torch will be welcomed by parachutists, marching bands and a 500-strong pageant to celebrate the county.
Any visitor who has been awarded a medal, honour or award will be invited to wear them with pride during the pageant to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.
The pageant will begin shortly after the Suffolk Show Grand Ring events end at 4pm. The Red Devils parachute team will jump into the centre of the ring flying a huge Festival of Suffolk flag.
Then, the largest assembly ever gathered together in Suffolk ranging from youth organisations, military personal and emergency service workers will appear in the pageant, cheered on by their families and friends as well as visitors to the show.
Colonel Anthony Fairbanks Weston, the Deputy Liertenant asked to organise the event, said: " It has been a wonderful privilege to put the Pageant together and to work with so many wonderful people from across Suffolk.
"This is a truly unique event for a unique occasion and hopefully we have produced a fitting spectacle that truly honours and celebrates Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee, something we will never see again in our lifetime and one not to be missed."
Brigadier (retd) Mark van der Lande, who has worked with the Lord Lieutenant’s Youth Project to involve the County’s Youth Organisations, said: “The response has been inspiring. It is fantastic that over 350 young people will be taking part in the Pageant.”
To mark the jubilee, fifty-four Commonwealth flags will surround the perimeter of the Grand Ring carried in by children from Ipswich schools.
The USAF Wings of Swing jazz band from Ramstein Air Base, in Germany will play as a huge procession lines up.
The rickshaws, that have completed their 550-mile journey around Suffolk and visted 250 communities, will also take centre-stage.
The Festival of Suffolk Torch will then arrive held aloft by Jake Nichols, world motocross champion. Jake's father and local businessman Guy Nicholls’ company, Tru-7, are the main sponsors of this summer’s Festival of Suffolk.
The pageant will be lead by around 200 military personnel from the armed services associated with the county including 28th Regiment Royal Engineers based at Honington, HMS Vengeance, the submarine twinned with Suffolk, the US Air Force Honour Guard and the RAF Honington Band.
The Royal British Legion, fire, ambulance and police representatives and NHS workers, and over 350 young people and volunteers from the uniformed cadets, scouts, guides and members of non-uniformed Suffolk youth groups, will be in the procession too.
Taking up the rear, will be fifteen of the Suffolk Show stewards, the men wearing their distinctive traditional bowler hats.
Everyone taking part in the Pageant will receive a special Jubilee coin, as a memento of the occasion.
Mark Pendlington, Chair of the Festival of Suffolk, said: "The Festival of Suffolk’s spectacular Jubilee Pageant will bring many thousands of people together from every community and from all corners of our County in celebration of HM Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
"The Pageant will certainly be a magnificent and joyful celebration and a highpoint of the Festival for all to enjoy at The Suffolk Show. Perhaps even more importantly, it will also be the first of many hundreds of very special local events and festivities that Suffolk has planned across the Jubilee Bank Holiday Weekend and throughout the summer."
In celebration of their individual nominations for the voluntary sectors highest honour - The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2022, BSC Multicultural Services, Bury St Edmunds Rickshaw, Friends of the Ferns, Halesworth Volunteer Centre and Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue have also been invited to join the celebration.
Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for Suffolk, Clare Countess of Euston will take the salute, the Bishop will say a prayer and give a blessing and Felixstowe soprano, Christina Johnson, will then sing the National Anthem.