VOTE: Do you think the Chichester gala day to be revived next year will attract widespread support?

Sixty glorious years will be the theme of the 2012 Chichester gala day, city councillors have decided.

The event, started more than 50 years ago, is being revived by the city council to celebrate the Queen’s diamond jubilee next year, and it is planned to take place on Saturday, June 2.

Organisations are now being urged to dust off their costumes and start thinking of ideas for the big day.

Any interested in taking part should contact the city council as soon as possible at, or call 01243 788502. The same applies to city businesses, which are also being asked to indicate whether they are interested in sponsorship.

The city council itself will be budgeting an amount for the event as well.

Town clerk Rodney Duggua said it was not too early to register an interest. “If people let us know in good time, this will enable us to contact them and call them together for a meeting,” he said.

“It will start to give us an idea of the number of participants, and help with planning generally.”

A report by a gala working group presented at Monday night’s meeting of the city community affairs committee outlined a series of possible routes for the gala procession. The preferred option looks set to be starting in New Park Road recreation ground, into New Park Road, Oaklands Way, Northgate, North Street, left into East Street at the City Cross, Eastgate Square, St Pancras, and returning to the recreation ground.

The post-procession event could be a family fun day in Priory Park, the report added.

One idea for the gala day finale, which drew much support from the working group, was a last night of the Proms-style concert, involving local musicians and choirs.

Cornflowers, the traditional symbol of gala day, were also discussed.

“On a previous occasion, poor weather conditions led to an unsuccessful gala day crop,” the report said, adding that the flowers were unlikely to be ready for early June. A cornflower badge was agreed as ‘an acceptable alternative’.