The Airshow - Credit: Submitted
The Airshow - Credit: Submitted

A Right Royal Knees-up for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Joseph Bulmer

This June, Her Majesty The Queen will become the first British monarch to commemorate a Platinum Jubilee, celebrating 70 years of service.  

A number of events are planned to mark this momentous occasion right across the Bay. These include a huge free concert on Torre Abbey Meadows starring The Bootleg Beatles on the Friday (June 3) and the long-awaited return of the English Riviera Airshow on the Saturday and Sunday.  

The events are being organised by Torbay Council with support from the English Riviera BID Company. 

The English Riviera Airshow 

The Jubilee celebrations lead straight into the English Riviera on the Saturday and Sunday, centred around Paignton Green.  

After a three-year break, the event will be a visual spectacle, with highlights including the Red Arrows on both days, as well as the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight featuring three of the greatest aviation icons of the 20th century, the Lancaster, Hurricane and Spitfire.  

Also taking to the skies over the weekend will be The Blades, Vortex, Chinook, Yakolevs, Tigers. For the full programme and timings, visit the airshow website or purchase a souvenir programme.            

Councillor Swithin Long, Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration, Tourism and Housing, said: “We feel incredibly privileged to be welcoming the Reds back to the English Riviera Airshow once again, especially for the return of the airshow on such a special weekend – and after a three-year break. We’re also very excited for the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, which is set to delight crowds over the weekend.”                             

The Event Village will feature air display team stands where visitors can meet the pilots, and local and national traders offering everything from artwork and books to toys and furniture, family activities, a fairground, food stalls and bars. 

The Platinum Jubilee Flotilla 

Alongside the Airshow, Sunday will also feature a Jubilee Flotilla of water-craft.  

Taking to the water in the Bay, celebrated and private vessels will represent all parts of the area’s coastal community – with visitors invited to watch from the shores as the water teems with maritime action in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. 

From 2pm, “The Big Lunch” will also take place – a giant airshow street party where visitors can look forward to a celebratory picnic with friends and family on Paignton Green. There will be a range of high-quality food and drink outlets to grab a bite and watch the many flying displays. 

Music on the Meadows

Music on the Meadows - Credit: Submitted
Music on the Meadows - Credit: Submitted

On Friday, June 3, Music on the Meadows promises to be a celebration fit for a Queen on Torre Abbey Meadows. The event is set to be the biggest free party on the meadows since the days of the Radio 1 Roadshows.  

People are invited to red, white and blue themselves up for the day and join in a nostalgic musical odyssey through the decades of The Queen’s reign – don’t forget to grab a flag to wave.  

The party will run from 11am right through until 10.30pm, featuring main stage music entertainment from the likes of South Devon Rock Choir, Funk City Band, John Matthew and Happy Days, with their spectacular Platinum Jubilee Show. There will also be party DJ sets from the McGowan Family and Chris Tofu – the maverick of the vintage remix.  

The musical entertainment will come to a magnificent close with very special headliners, The Bootleg Beatles, who have performed everywhere from The Cavern to Buckingham Palace and the Royal Albert Hall to Glastonbury Festival. They are currently on a European tour, before making a triumphant return to the UK for this exclusive event. People will also be given free (sustainable) flags to wave, giving the whole event a Last Night of the Proms-feel.  

The event will include a Children’s Tent with lots of fun, family entertainment from the team behind Children’s Week. Doorsteps Arts will be on hand providing theatre entertainment, while there will be a family-friendly circus show called Do What Your Mama Told Yah, which promises to get very messy.  

There will also be various walk-abouts, and fun surprises, while The Scouts will be running lots of traditional games including a Crockery Smash and Splat the Rat. Also on the menu will be face painting and glitter tattooing, as well as arts and crafts activities.

Airshow on the Jubilee Weekend - Credit: Submitted
Airshow on the Jubilee Weekend - Credit: Submitted

A variety of refreshments will be on sale throughout the event, so there’s sure to be something to tantalise everyone’s tastebuds, from traditional cream teas and homemade cake to cold beer and delicious savoury bites. Don’t miss what promises to be a right old royal knees-up and a wonderful celebration of Her Majesty the Queen’s 70 Years of Service to the British people. And don’t forget, it’s completely free.   

Councillor Swithin Long, Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration, Tourism and Housing, said: “Music on the Meadows looks set to be the highlight of packed programme of events over the extended bank holiday weekend. I do hope that the local community joins us for what promises to be a memorable free celebration for all the family.”  

Councillor Nicole Amil, Chair of the Airshow Working Party and Member Champion, Queens Platinum Jubilee, added: “We have pulled out all the stops to make this a fitting tribute to a remarkable woman. Do come out and join us for the party of the year, when we toast the remarkable 70-year reign of Her Majesty the Queen.”