FORDINGBRIDGE'S jubilee beacon arrived in style and on a rather unique form of transport - a horse drawn wagon.

The beacon was put up at the Recreation Ground on Friday (May 20) ready for the town's jubilee celebrations next week.

It will be lit during the town's picnic in the park celebrations on Thursday, June 2, at 9.45pm.

David Shering with his Comtois heavy horses Belle and Brezil made the special delivery which made its way from St Mary's Church and through the town. 

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The companies involved with the beacon project in the town are RNC Fabrications Ltd, R&W Langley Civil Engineering, Cracknell Timber Ltd and Crownshade. 

Nicky Jenkins, of Fordingbridge Events Group, said: "After such a long break from events, the Fordingbridge Events Group committee are all very excited about the Jubilee picnic event next week.

"It's been brilliant being able to collaborate with Fordingbridge Town Council and we were delighted to be involved in another Fordingbridge memorable occasion, getting the beacon into place. It was terrific to see the Jubilee beacon being royally delivered by heavy horse."

Cllr Pete White added: "Over several months now, it’s been a privilege to work with the small team that have planned, designed and built this fantastic beacon, to not only celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee next month but also to create something that will be used for future generations of Fordingbridge families who want to enjoy other celebrations in years to come."

The jubilee picnic, which is free to attend, is being organised by Fordingbridge Events Group and Fordingbridge Town Council and runs from 3.30pm to 10pm at the Recreation Ground.

Throughout the afternoon there will be music from the decades of the Queen's reign as well as live music acts.

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Join Krazy Kev from 3.30pm to 5.30 for comedy magic shows along with Mix and Mingle balloon modelling.

The Rotary Club's is holding its charity duck race at 5.30pm.

At the event, there will be a fully licensed bar and hot food provided by Fordingbridge Sports Club, The Crown and Mays, the butcher. Prepaid hampers will also be available from The George.


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