Here comes summer!
11th April 2012
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As the rain pours down this week, it’s hard to believe, but a great summer is on its way

There’s so much that’s good and about to happen in and around Hitchin, it’s hard to know where to start. The obvious stuff like the Olympics events that will touch us all whether we like it or not. Ditto on the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. If, like me, you’re fairly ambivalent about both sport and royalty most of the time, you probably still feel somewhat drawn to celebrations of what has largely been a positive reign and the huge international East End event. Any excuse for a party.

To celebrate HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, there are a host of events, with concerts, street parties and special pub nights happening across Hitchin at the start of June.

A special Three day Diamond Jubilee Pageant is being held on Tuesday 5 (that extra Bank Holiday!), then 8 and 9 June as well.For more information, go to

Hitchin Festival runs all the way from 30 June to 22 July, with more events than most towns could host in a year. Lots of schools are involved, venues and community groups are putting on concerts and there will be plenty for everyone to enjoy.

On Sunday 8 July, the Olympic flame will be carried from Cambridge across to Bedford, then down to Letchworth, then Stevenage and onwards through to Luton. Although it will miss Hitchin, it’ll still be possible to line the route. Find out where at

The following weekend it’s Rhythms of the World in Hitchin Priory. For more information go to

That takes us nicely towards 27 July, when the London 2012 kicks off, followed by the Paralympic Games from 29 August to 9 September.  No doubt events are being planned as I write this, to tie in with various sporting activities in London, Manchester, Coventry, Weymouth, Brands Hatch and all points in between.

As I began writing this blog, I was amazed at what is already planned to make this summer a great one. Hope to see you at some of the fantastic events around our town.

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Hilary R

Member since: 31st May 2012

Writer and sax player. Brought up in Hitchin and - apart from uni and some ensuing madness of life in London - I've always lived here.

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