YOUNGSTERS living in a village near Stone can collect a free memento of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee as part of a parish council’s celebration plans.
Barlaston Parish Council is offering all under 16s in the village a mug to mark the monarchical milestone.
Under 12s have also been invited to a tea party on June 4 with picnic boxes being provided to children living in the village.
The plans were discussed at last week’s parish council meeting. There are three days of events planned, starting on June 2 with a singalong at Heyfields, Riverside, Orsett House and Meadow Court elderly people’s accommodation.
Councillor Elaine Philpott said: “We are finishing off with a finale at Meadow Court. We are hoping that lots of people of all ages will join in – visitors to Meadow Court will be made very welcome.
“The songs are all going to be jolly sin- galong songs and people will get song- sheets with the words. There will not just be wartime songs but 1950s ones too.” On June 3 families can enjoy a treasure hunt round the village and on June 4 there will be a feast of fun at Barlaston Cricket Club from 3pm.
Attractions planned include a children’s entertainer, hog roast, music, family cricket, mini Olympics and tug-of-war.
The parish will also join in a national chain of beacons being lit to commemo- rate the Jubilee. The Barlaston beacon, being organised with Stone Rural Parish Council, will be at Millennium Point at nearby Downs Banks.
A number of commemorative trees are also set to be planted in the village.
Anyone who would like to register their child for a picnic box or commemorative jubilee mug should pick up a form from Kitsons, Londis, Barlaston Post Office or Barlaston Park Stores or they can fill in the form, available online at http://www.barlaston.org.uk/?page_id=7 69.