Hyndburn is gearing up to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympics.

Planning for the twin events is already well under-way, with council chiefs meeting up to discuss the borough’s Summer of Celebration.

While plans are in their early stages, ideas on the table include combining next year’s mayor-making with a long Bank Holiday weekend of fun.

This would be on the Diamond Jubilee weekend from June 2 to June 5, including a fair and family activities in Accrington town centre.

The towns across Hyndburn will be hanging out the bunting and flower beds and hanging baskets will also bring a splash of colour.

The Jubilee will be in June and the Olympics will follow in July.

Council leader Miles Parkinson said: “We’re making good progress and we want to make sure everywhere looks its best.

“We want people to put forward initiatives and we will look at them and the cost to make sure Hyndburn is a real beacon for 2012.

“We are also talking to a lot of civic groups and societies as well as schools to see what they are planning.

“We are looking at the links the Royal Family has had with Hyndburn over the years, with the civic honours given to people and groups.”

In addition to the above, the council is also looking to have a themed exhibition in Haworth Art Gallery and a time-line from 1952 on show in Accrington Market Hall.

The council has also been granted a licence from Lancashire County Council to put up bunting in Queen Street, Great Harwood, High Street, Rishton and Blackburn Road and Union Street in Accrington to mark the occasion.

If you are looking to organise a street party, call the council on 01254 388111 to get your information pack.

You can also e-mail enquiries@hyndburnbc.gov.uk