12:17pm Tuesday 24th April 2012
Wiltshire Council is expecting huge crowds to flock to Salisbury for the Queen’s visit to the Wiltshire Diamond Jubilee Celebration event next Tuesday.
The council is hoping people from across the county and further afield will attend the event being held at Salisbury Cathedral Close from 10am-5.30pm.
As a result, people are being asked to consider, where possible, to use public transport or Salisbury’s park and ride service – which will be free on the day – when coming to the event.
Cabinet member for highways, Dick Tonge, said: "This is an exceptional event and we are hoping for exceptional crowds to enjoy the historic visit of her Majesty.
"The city’s car parks are limited and we expect them to be filled very early in the day. To ensure people don’t miss out on a very special occasion I would urge people to consider coming to the city via train or bus.
"We are making our park ride service free on the day and putting on extra buses to meet expected demand.
"Again, car parking spaces are limited and if you are thinking of coming by park and ride we would advise getting there early."
It was confirmed by Buckingham Palace last week that the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh would be attending the Wiltshire Diamond Jubilee celebration.
The Diamond Jubilee event will celebrate Wiltshire’s heritage with medieval-themed activities, including 18 community-inspired jousting tents, music, performances, re-enactments and morris dancing.
Wiltshire Council’s Shine 4 Wiltshire winners, The Salisbury Plain Military Wives Choir, will be performing along with the Prince of Wales Marching Band.
Cathedral Close will also play host to a number of activities with performances from actors in period costume and displays of falconry; maypole and morris and a medieval combat re-enactment.
An armed services band will be performing and they will be hosting an inflatable assault course for families to enjoy.
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