A cast of thousands for The Queen!

Herefordshire Diamond Day is set to explode in a myriad of sparkling colours and sounds representing all corners of the county in honour of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Organisers have taken the wraps off an exciting programme of non-stop entertainment to keep the crowds and Royal visitors amused on Wednesday, July 11.

The day’s entertainment starts at 9am. Fifteen minutes later a spectacular pageant involving a colourful parade of local people into the main arena at the King George V playing fields begins.

The grand procession will have a carnival feel with dancers and musicians joining with others taking part in the day’s entertainment.

“We’ve got a stunning line-up of local groups, bands, individuals and companies who will make sure the entertainment runs throughout the day,” added Lady Darnley.

From ballet schools to business college choirs, and from market town dancers to tag rugby and free-fall parachutists, the day is set to become one which will remain in people’s memories for a long time.

“There’s going to be something for everyone – fun for all the family culminating in a high-flying climax just after 4pm when a team of free-fall parachutists will literally be dropping in,” added Lady Darnley.

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will be given a rousing reception when they enter the area with a specially choreographed presentation accompanied by a choir of a thousand local voices.

The Royal visitors will be able to spend some time mingling with county folk manning the many marquees representing local organisations and communities.

“It will give The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh a real taste of Herefordshire,” said Lady Darnley, the Lord-Lieutenant of Herefordshire who will officially welcome the Royal guests.

Among the attractions on the day will be an Air Ambulance helicopter and displays by emergency services and volunteer organisations. Thee Army will be in attendance with an assault course, and The Air Training Corps with a glider. There will also be aspects of country life, including Hereford Cattle, Ryeland Sheep and a working forge.

“We’ve been thrilled by the quality of the performers and have been overwhelmed by their enthusiasm to take part,” added Lady Darnley.

One of the highlights of the day will be a visit by the England blind football squad which will be taking part in a penalty shootout with Leominster Minors FC.

“We’ve got displays by Riding for the Disabled and the National British Morgan Horse Society display team, a boy band from John Kyrle High School, Rosita and Georgia from Hereford’s Got Talent and the Luctonians Tag Rugby final,” added Lady Darnley.

“It’s a breathtaking line-up of talent and we’re so grateful for their willingness to put in all the extra hours of rehearsals to make sure they’re on top form for the county’s special day.”

On top of this, visitors to the event will be able to browse marquees displaying and selling arts and crafts and local produce from across the county, including local foods and cider. Refreshments will be on sale.

Entry is free and there will be facilities for disabled people. This includes easy parking for those with a valid disabled blue parking badge, and the provision of mobility scooters.