Ripon’s platinum jubilee plans take shape
Last updated Feb 1, 2022
Photo of the four Ripon Hornbloers
The Ripon hornblowers

A new horn for Ripon will blast out for the Queen’s platinum jubilee, as part of the city’s celebrations.

The instrument will be used for the first time in the hornblower ceremony on Market Square at 9pm on Saturday 4 June and will be in regular use thereafter.

The event will be one of the highlights of the extended Bank Holiday weekend extravaganza, which also includes a special tea party at Ripon Cathedral for people with a June birthday, born between 1952 and 2021.

The aim is to create a ‘human timeline’ dating back to 1952, with one person from each of the 70 years of the Queen’s reign invited to attend, with a guest.

Photo of Ripon Cathedral

Ripon Cathedral will host a ‘timeline’ tea party with guests from each year of the Queen’s reign

City council leader Andrew Williams, told the Stray Ferret:

“In partnership with the cathedral, Ripon Business Improvement District, Ripon Together and the Ripon Community Poppy Project, we will provide an inclusive four-day programme of activities, that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.

“There will be something for everybody as we and the entire nation join in the celebrations and after the bunting has gone from the streets, the platinum jubilee horn will provide a constant reminder of the Queen’s remarkable service to this country.”

On June 2, the cathedral, which celebrates its 1,350th anniversary this year, will be the focus of attention, when it hosts the civic service for North Yorkshire and later on that day, on Market Square, Ripon will join in a nation-wide beacon lighting ceremony.

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Free live music will be played from 11am until 11.30pm on Market Square between June 2 and 4 and fairground rides for children of all ages and adults will be in place.

On Sunday June 5, Spa Park will be the venue for music from Ripon City Band and children’s entertainers will also be performing.

The event is being arranged by the Ripon Community Poppy Project and attendees will be invited to take their own picnic.




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