Countdown to Diamond Jubilee fun

With less than a week to go to the start of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, Tamworth residents are being reminded that there’s no need to leave the borough to take part in the fun.

Tamworth is pulling out all the stops to help celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee – with parties, events and fun throughout the long Jubilee weekend.

The Castle Grounds is playing host to a Diamond Jubilee celebration from 12noon to 3pm on Saturday June 2, with Royal festivities including live music from the Central England Brass Band, face painting, walkabout characters, street magic and loads more fun for the whole family.  Entry to the event is free and families are invited to bring along a picnic and make a day of it.

Jubilee events are also taking place in the neighbourhood areas of Belgrave, Glascote, Amington and Stonydelph.  They are being planned by local groups working with the Community Development Officers and will offer loads of fun for all the family.

Activities during the Jubilee celebrations will include Royal-themed games and competitions, face painting, Inflatables, music, dance and refreshments – all in a street party atmosphere, decked out with bunting and Union Flags.

TCRfm will be providing music on all four days and are hoping to do a live outside broadcast from each one.  The Community Café will be providing low cost refreshments and free fruit tasters, as well as craft activities and games including tin can alley and hook-a-duck.

All the events will have a Jubilee theme, but each will be very different, as they will involve different groups and organisations.  Belgrave is working with Hanburys Farm School, which is creating a special dance for the Jubilee, while Stonydelph is putting together a cabaret show starring local talent.

Amington is asking everyone coming along to the event to wear red, white and blue and is working with older residents on a project to capture their memories of what they were doing on Coronation Day.

The celebrations are being held on Thursday May 31 at Hanburys Farm School in Belgrave from 1pm to 4pm, Friday June 1 in and around St Peter’s Church in Glascote from 2pm to 6pm, Saturday June 2 in the Kerria Centre in Amington from noon to 3pm and Tuesday June 5 from noon onwards in Lintly Fields, Stonydelph.

For more information on the neighbourhood events, contact our Community Development team on 01827 709310.

Groups and communities who want to celebrate in their own way by putting on their own street parties are being reminded that Tamworth Borough Council’s Arts and Events team can offer them a helping hand.

We want to encourage the people of Tamworth to pull out all the stops and do their bit to celebrate the Queen’s 60-year reign, on or near to the official Diamond Jubilee extended weekend, which runs from June 2 to June 5.

Anyone who is planning a street party is asked to contact the council’s Outdoor Events team, who still have a few party boxes to give away, packed full of traditional fun and games, as well as crowns, bunting, balloons and much more to help the day go with a Royal swing.  You’ll need to be quick, though – demand has been high and there are only a few left.  The team can be contacted on 01827 709314 or by email at TAROutdoorevents@tamworth.gov.uk.

For more details, check out the new website for Tamworth Assembly Rooms at www.tamworthassemblyrooms.co.uk and click on Outdoor Events.

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