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Tuesday, 29 January, 2002, 16:15 GMT
Queen's Jubilee tour dates unveiled
The Queen visits Londonderry in November 2001
An extended Bank Holiday will commemorate the event
Buckingham Palace has released details of a tour by the Queen to mark her Golden Jubilee.

The Queen's visits from May to August, will take in England, Scotland, Wales. Dates for her tour of Northern Ireland have not yet been released for security reasons.

The nationwide tour will start in Cornwall, take in the Commonwealth Games in Manchester and finish in Lancashire.

The news comes as the Golden Jubilee office reports an upsurge in public interest this month in the Jubilee celebrations and street parties.

Click here to see a tour map

A Palace spokesman said the tour, which includes several London visits, would engage "a range of organisations at local level in recognition of the importance of communities and voluntary service".

"Such visits will enable the Queen to express her thanks to people throughout the country for their support and loyalty," he added.

Since the New Year, we've had a real surge in interest

Golden Jubilee spokesman

Her Majesty will also visit Jamaica, New Zealand and Australia next month, and Canada in October.

The celebrations will climax with local street parties as well as pop and classical music concerts in the Queen's garden at Buckingham Palace during the Bank Holiday weekend of 1-4 June.

Free tickets for the concerts, produced and televised by the BBC, will be allocated by ballot.

Party fever

Line-up details for the 3 June pop concert and ticket details are yet to be revealed, although Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Elton John and Robbie Williams could perform.

A fireworks display on 3 June in London's The Mall will be followed the next day by a ceremonial procession taking the Queen from Buckingham Palace to a thanksgiving service at St Paul's Cathedral.

Lunch on 4 June at the Guildhall hosted by the Lord Mayor of London will be followed by a carnival pageant in The Mall.
Jubilee Fever
28,000 street party toolkits sent out
200 party toolkits sent out daily
1,000 inquiries on one day
114 public events confirmed

Other special Golden Jubilee features include an equestrian event at the Windsor Horse Show in May, a personal address to both Houses of Parliament on 30 April and a celebratory dinner at 10 Downing Street the night before.

Meanwhile, the Golden Jubilee office has reported a huge increase in street party information requests.

The office is answering 200 requests each day for "toolkits" on how to organise the street parties, compared to 76 per day before Christmas.

General inquiries made to the office also number 200 a day, compared to 65 daily calls at the start of the month.

A spokesman told BBC News Online: "Since the New Year, we've had a real surge in interest and now have 1,500 ideas from the public on our database.

"There's been a big focus on it in the media and I think it's partly because we are now in Jubilee year and people are thinking about how they want to celebrate."



Tour dates:

1 1-2 May: Cornwall, Devon and Somerset
2 7-8 May: Tyne and Wear and Durham
3 10 May: Buckinghamshire and Berkshire
4 23-29 May: Scotland
5 1-4 June: London and Windsor
6 7 June: West Sussex
7 11-13 June: Wales
8 27 June: Portsmouth
9 2-3 July: West Midlands
10 11-12 July: West Yorkshire and the Humber
11 17-18 July: Suffolk and Norfolk
12 24-26 July: Manchester and Merseyside
13 31 July- 1 August: Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Yorkshire
14 5 August: Lancashire

  • Dates for Northern Ireland will be announced later


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