THE Queen’s subjects in Tendring will honour her 70-year reign with host of right royal events.

Celebrations will take place in every town and village in the district to mark Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee.

Numerous roads will also be closed for street parties across the four-day jubilee weekend.

Tendring Council’s chairman Peter Harris spoke for many residents when he said it would be a historic occasion.

He said: “This is a once-in-a-lifetime moment, celebrating 70 glorious years of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, where she has steered us calmly through seven decades where the world has changed immensely.

“I hope all of Tendring comes out to mark this historic occasion and takes part in one of the many events happening right around the district to share in the platinum jubilee celebrations.”

The Harwich Festival has planned a day of free entertainment on Sunday.

Town festivities will be focused on Cliff Park from 11am to 9.30pm along with use of the Park Pavilion from 11am to 6pm.

A spokesman for the Harwich Festival said: “Over the course of the day there’ll be plenty to see and do with our flower show, social history exhibition, stalls and food and drink outlets but one thing we couldn’t not have on such an occasion is some fantastic live music.

“At the bandstand we have a great line-up, including sets from Harwich Sing Tendring Voices, The Dovercourt Ukulele Group, Colour and Shape and The Hit List.”

On Sunday, the Trafalgar Pub will be providing sandwiches and blankets for families to come along and get involved with a big picnic.

Jo and Jo Krisman, the owners of the alehouse, said: “ We are reinventing the Tug of War pub challenge which was first introduced by Mr and Mrs Stevens, the landlords in 1976.

“It will commence at 2.30pm and the mayor will be starting the competition.

“We will be raising money for Homestart Harwich, our chosen charity for this year.”

The Medicine Band will also be making an appearance today at 6pm, with the Andy Robinson band also performing at 6pm on Saturday.

Michaela Fulleylove will also be delighting audiences on Sunday.

In addition, the parish councils of Mistley, Manningtree and Lawford have joined forces for their Right Royal Party in the Park.

It will take place at the Welcome Home Field, in New Road, Mistley, today with live music, food stalls, bars, children’s entertainment and a fireworks display.

The free event will run from 3pm to 10pm.

Ardleigh Parish Council held a Beacon Lighting Party on the Rec and Millennium Green last night and will be inviting to bring their own picnic for the Grand Jubilee Lunch at the Millennium Green and Recreation Ground on Saturday from 12pm to 4pm.

More than 2,000 beacons are being lit across the UK and in the Commonwealth as part of the official programme announced by Buckingham Palace for the Jubilee weekend.

The Harwich Society carried out a beacon lighting at Cliff Park, Dovercourt, on Thursday evening.

A celebratory display of newspaper cuttings, magazines, books, photos and publications will take place at Manningtree Methodist Church, in South Street, today and Saturday from 2pm to 5pm.