HILLINGDON is readying itself for a host of Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

The party mood was officially established when the Mayor, Cllr Becky Haggar, raised the Jubilee flag outside the Civic Centre in Uxbridge.

And to help residents get into the Jubilee spirit, the council is hosting a range of events - many of them free - from now until the bank holiday weekend.

You can try the virtual reality Beacon Trail in Uxbridge High Street. With your smart phone, look out for the trail signs in town centre shops.

There's also a range of nostalgic events at libraries, including an exhibition of the Queen’s visits to the borough, on display now at Uxbridge Library. 

The Battle of Britain Bunker and Visitor Centre has themed craft sessions in the 'mess hall'. Activities are free with entry to the Bunker. Check its website for details.

This Thursday, June 2, from 2pm, a town crier will read a proclamation in Uxbridge High Street. That evening, on the forecourt of the Civic Centre, the Jubilee Beacon will be lit at 9.45 to the backdrop of bagpipes, a trumpet and the Jubilate Choir. Get there for 9.15.

Uxbridge High Street will be closed from 4pm from Hillingdon Hill (St Andrew's Roundabout) to the junction with Vine Street.

Vine Street will also be closed from the High Street to its junction with Cricketfield Road (mini-roundabout).

If you're not celebrating at one of the 100 street parties taking place across the borough on Sunday (5), take a picnic to Fassnidge Park, Uxbridge, from 2pm and enjoy a live performance from The Candy Girls.

For the full list of events, visit:  //www.hillingdon.gov.uk/platinum-jubilee