Jo-Leigh Jubi-Leigh

LEYTHERS are being invited to a massive Jubi-Leigh party.

A lavish celebration is being planned to mark Queen Elizabeth’s 60 years on the throne, with community groups and arts organisations taking to a specially-constructed stage in front of the town hall for an evening of patriotic songs, dance and entertainment.

There will be performances from Wigan Youth Brass Band, Westleigh High Soul Band and the LGN Community Choir, with a lone piper also taking to the stage to play and a DJ acting as host to link the proceedings together.

The evening will begin at 7pm with the pealing of church bells and fairground rides for youngsters, and will end at around 10pm with the new Mayor, Coun Myra Whiteside from Leigh, who will also be presiding over the events, receiving the signal to light a beacon, which will be followed by fireworks and the national anthem.

Food will be available at the event, but there will be an alcohol ban in place.

There will also be a number of link events planned during the period of celebrations, with the Parish Church planning a range of activities including a flower festival.

Wigan’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations will also have a strong Leigh flavour as three of the town’s brightest unsigned acts showcase their skills on an open-air stage in Wigan town centre.

Popular band Jeramiah Ferrari, who have built up a strong reputation on the local scene for their mix of indie and reggae, 1960s-influenced folk-pop act Small Town and folk-rockers The Portlands will all play at Diamond Fest, which will be held in Market Place.

Coun Chris Ready, Wigan Council cabinet member responsible for leisure and culture, said: ““We want everyone to enjoy the Jubilee, and our two events in Wigan and Leigh will cover a wide range of tastes and styles.

“I am grateful to the support from the community, schools, musicians and to the local businesses who are all helping to make these events possible.”