Grey­town’s right royal week­end

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Pol­ish your tiara, starch your shirts and preen your pooches for a vil­lage-wide cel­e­bra­tion in Grey­town this Queen’s Birth­day.

The Right Royal Knees-Up is a cel­e­bra­tion of all things Royal be­ing held from June 2-4.

It will fea­ture events and retail pro­mo­tions as well as a fun Corgi photo com­pe­ti­tion that cel­e­brates the Queen’s favourite pooch.

‘‘We’re go­ing to dress the town with Union Jacks, hold a spe­cial daily Queen’s Raf­fle Prize and cu­rate an ex­hi­bi­tion of royal mem­o­ra­bilia while our res­tau­rant and cafes will go all out to cre­ate spe­cial British-in­spired menu items for their cus­tomers to en­joy,’’ said Daryl Watt, spokesper­son for Grey­town’s busi­ness mar­ket­ing group, Coun­try Vil­lage Heaven.

‘‘All of this ac­tiv­ity is de­signed to bring vis­i­tors to Grey­town, of­fi­cially New Zealand’s Most Beau­ti­ful Small Town (pop­u­la­tion un­der 5000) for the long week­end. We want ev­ery­one out with their tweeds, hats, scarves and tiaras to join in the fes­tiv­i­ties.’’

The event is the first of what or­gan­is­ers hope to be an an­nual cel­e­bra­tion for Grey­town.

A Dog­gytreats-spon­sored Right Royal Dog Por­trait photo com­pe­ti­tion will be held en­abling peo­ple to pose their dog on a throne and have an of­fi­cial por­trait taken. Other ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude store win­dow dis­plays; a com­mu­nity tug-of-war; and live mu­sic, buskers and the­atrics on Main Street. Lo­cals are in­vited to join in the cel­e­bra­tion by dress­ing up in their royal fin­ery or cock­ney ca­sual.

‘‘It’s all ter­ri­bly British and de­signed to be a lot of fun,’’ Watt said.

Busi­nesses wish­ing to par­tic­i­pate can find out more by con­tact­ing Claire@ wairara­panz.com. Ac­com­mo­da­tion and other events hap­pen­ing in the Wairarapa can be found on wairara­panz.com.

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