Jubilee celebrations start in Chichester

C120750-1 Chi Boxgrove  phot kate''''One of the youngest pupils at Boxgrove Primary school, Bambi Baker, five, chats to one of the oldest residents of Boxgrove, Nan Norrell,  during a Jubilee tea party held at the school.C120750-1

C120750-1 Chi Boxgrove phot kate''''One of the youngest pupils at Boxgrove Primary school, Bambi Baker, five, chats to one of the oldest residents of Boxgrove, Nan Norrell, during a Jubilee tea party held at the school.C120750-1

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Celebrations will be in full swing across the area today to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

It is anticipated the streets will be packed today for the Chichester Gala, which sets off from the New Park Centre at 11am, with between 750 and 1,000 people taking part in the procession, which promises to be a real celebration of the community.

Yesterday pupils at Boxgrove Primary School got together for a Jubilee tea party while tomorrow (Sunday, June 3) a fire and rescue boat from East Wittering will proudly line up alongside more than 1,000 vessels to take part in the Diamond Jubilee flotilla on the River Thames.

The vessel is called Jim Steel after East Wittering’s first fire station commander, and will be part of one of the largest flotillas ever assembled on the river, which is due to start at 2pm.

The West Sussex crew of three will be joined by colleagues from fire, police, the armed forces and other services from across the Commonwealth.

Deputy district commander for West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service

Deputy district commander for WSFRS Marvin Smith, who will be leading the crew on the day, said: “We are extremely honoured that a working fire and rescue craft from West Sussex is taking part in the Jubilee Thames Pageant.

“We are proud of the firefighting and water rescue capability that we have in West Sussex and our craft is one of just seven boats representing fire & rescue colleagues from around the UK.

“The flotilla is set to be a spectacular celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee so it is fantastic that our Fire Service can play a part in that.”