Buckley’s Jubilee will begin today with church services, a historic procession and celebrations.

The Jubilee celebration was founded in 1857 and is traditionally held on the second Tuesday in July.

According to Buckley Town Council’s website: “It is an institution of which the citizens of Buckley are justly proud.”

Today marks the first time in two years that the full event has taken place in person after a pandemic-related hiatus.

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In a statement from the Buckley Jubilee Committee, they said: ‘… organizers hope the people of Buckley will show their support for the event by taking part in the procession and watching from the side of the road.

“The Buckley Jubilee tradition is unique and its significance to many people cannot be underestimated.

“Originally a temperance march, the procession is now an act of Christian witness attended by members of all denominations from Buckley’s churches and chapels.

“Buckley expats return to town on Jubilee Day to reunite with family and friends.”

The normal procession route takes participants through all the churches and chapels in Buckley, but this year the Jubilee Planning Committee has announced a shortened route.

Shortened procession route

A spokesman for the Jubilee planning committee said the reason for the change is influenced by the aging population of the church community and those involved in the procession.

In a statement, the Jubilee Planning Committee said: “Unfortunately, even before the pandemic, the number of people supporting the event had dropped significantly.”

“[…] With this in mind, it was decided to shorten the course; it is hoped that more people will feel able to complete the march and that those watching will be concentrated in a smaller area.”

However, the decision sparked a debate on the public facebook group Buckley Development Forum.

The festivities will begin at 3 p.m. with a service held on the commons.

The procession will then follow the Royal Buckley Town Band and make its way around the center of town and back to the township.

The Buckley Town Band is also celebrating a 200 year milestone.

To celebrate its bicentenary, the band is selling limited edition bicentenary badges sold at Jubilee and online for £5.

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After completing the march, the various church groups will return to their respective churches where refreshments and a “Jubilee Tea” will be available.

The event involves members of Buckley churches alongside school groups and other participants.

The revised route will see the procession turn around outside Bistre Emmanuel Church (rather than at the top of Pren Hill) before passing through the center of Buckley, then turning left after the pedestrian area onto Argoed Road and back to The Common.

The Jubilee Committee said it “urges the people of Buckley to join them on this special day; anyone wishing to join the procession would be welcome – children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult .