A SMALL community has big plans to celebrate the Queen's 70 years of service.

Bradwell-on-Sea has a line up of events for the extended Bank Holiday weekend from June 2 to 5 to mark the Platinum Jubilee.

The village has already planted six trees for the Queen's Green Canopy scheme.

An event is taking place in St Thomas Church on June 3 including performances from hand-bell ringers, Dengie Women's Sing and Michael 'Tubsy' Joslin.

The church is also having a programme of access all areas events throughout the Bank Holiday period.

A parade is planned for June 4 and organisers say excitement is growing.

A spokesman said while it won't be as big as Notting Hill Carnival, it will have a party atmosphere.

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The organisers are also keen to welcome vintage and classic vehicles to take part in the celebration.

The Jubilee Fair will take place on the same day on the village hall playing fields, where visitors can watch a Home Guard display in the arena, watch the knock-out tug-of-war competition or enjoy one of the traditional races.

There will be stalls and activities for youngsters and adults alike.

The chairman of the parish council is running the barbecue and the Women's Institute (WI) will have a pop-up cafe.

Fundraising for the parade and fair has yet to begin but Bradwell Marina has pledged to support events with a donation of £200.

The WI will be holding a coffee morning on Thursday, March 17 from 10.30am in the Village Hall to raise funds to buy each child in the village a commemorative mug.

It aims to raise more than £200.

The Parent Teacher Association has organised a school prom, a children's fancy dress competition and pupils will be making portraits of the Queen to be displayed in St Thomas church.

There will be a street party in the churchyard, where awards will be given for costumes and pictures.

Anyone interested in getting involved can make contact via the Bradwell on Sea Facebook page.