The launch promises to be a lot of fun. Music, singing, dancing, busking, balloons, children performing, an appearance from Clarry the Cat, an ode and a speech, food and drink from local retailers and hopefully, like last year, sunshine. And all this infused with a hefty injection of community spirit.
This year we will not be graced by a visit from King Richard III as we were last. Since then of course he has found his resting place in Leicester Cathedral, as some of you may have become aware!
I know we Brits tend to obsess about the weather. But since early summer first made its shy presence felt this week, there has been a definite lift in mood in the area. The sound of flip flops and flatties can be heard on the pavements, as people in shorts, t-shirts and frocks (not all at the same time) stroll down Queens Road, Others stretch out in Victoria Park, and the red-bricked buildings take on an altogether brighter hue.
Meanwhile festival programmes have been pushed through letter boxes and more will be handed out on the streets over the coming two Saturdays.
So put the date in your diaries for the launch: 5pm on Friday 19th June at the Christchurch car park, Clarendon Park Road. See you there.