Queen Elizabeth's jubilee events include UK classic car run with 70 vehicles from 70 years

A 70km ultramarathon is on the cards for people who don't want to drive

A British classic car run of 70 vehicles — one from each year of the Queen Elizabeth II's reign — and a 70-kilometre ultra-marathon are just some of the celebrations set to take place to mark the Platinum Jubilee.

Revellers are being asked to add street parties and public events on an interactive map of festivities taking place in tribute to the monarch’s 70 years on the throne.

So far, 311 events and 508 street parties or private gatherings have been uploaded, ranging from beacon lighting and picnics to vintage tea dances, family fun days and the renaming of a steam locomotive in the Queen’s honour.

The monarch’s Platinum Jubilee is being commemorated with a special four-day bank holiday weekend from Thursday, June 2.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has urged people to share their plans and submit them to the map, or use it to find out about nearby events.

The national commemorations in London include Trooping the Colour, the Platinum Jubilee Pageant and a pop concert at Buckingham Palace.

The map also reveals a host of events further afield.

On June 5, 70 British cars — one from each year of the Queen’s reign — will travel 70 miles through Cornwall, from Bodmin to Penzance, in a social classic car run organised by the Rotary Club of Bodmin.

Lewis Wilde tests of one of the gas-fuelled beacons he has made which will be used to signal the start of Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee in June, at the Fountain Designs workshop in Selkirk, in the Scottish Borders. PA

The earliest car will be a 1952 MG TD and the latest a 2022 electric Jaguar.

The club has been looking for 25 missing years, including 1957 to 1967 and 1975 and 1976.

In Portsmouth, the “Platinum Jubilee 70K Ultra” is being hosted by Believe and Achieve Events — Run Pompey on June 5.

Competitors can choose between a 70km run, shorter runs or a multi-sport 20km run, 5km kayak and 45km bike ride, and will receive a Jubilee medal at the finish line.

Meanwhile, the Severn Valley Railway’s 34027 Taw Valley steam locomotive engine is temporarily being renamed Elizabeth II.

It is also being repainted in a purple livery by the railway in honour of the occasion.

In Whitby in North Yorkshire, the Hetty & Betty Ballroom will host an afternoon tea with vintage singers on June 3 with tickets bookable in advance.

There will also be a Jubilee celebration on College Green in Bristol on June 5, hosted by Bristol Cathedral and community groups.

The map of Jubilee events can be found here.

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Updated: March 11, 2022, 11:47 AM
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