Local residents and visitors can take a step back in time to the 1950s as Stafford town centre will be transformed this weekend to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Music and dance shows, street performers and stilt walkers will all be on hand from 10am on Saturday (2 June) to celebrate 60 years of the Queen’s reign.
Highlights also include variety duo ‘The Spivs’, 1950 style balloon artistes and the chance for people to have their hair put up in a glamorous 1950s style courtesy of the Francesco Group.
Tea and cakes will also be served on the lawns of St Mary’s church as part of a Jubilee tea party from 2pm. Children will have the chance to join in traditional games and have their faces painted as well as enjoying free refreshments from a children’s marquee.
On Sunday, The Glen Miller Orchestra will be putting on a celebration concert at Stafford’s Gatehouse Theatre, as well as more live 50’s music on the bandstand at Victoria Park. There is also a special Jubilee service taking place at St Mary’s church. A beacon lighting ceremony and firework display at Stafford Castle takes place on Monday (4 June.).
As well as the celebrations in the county town, there are over 20 street parties being thrown across the borough over the weekend in places such as Moddershall, Church Eaton and Eccleshall.
Leader of Stafford Borough Council, Mike Heenan, said the weekend activities complemented the parties and events which were taking place across the area.
He said: “This long weekend is all about the community celebrating the incredible 60 years reign of our monarch. We have been told about so many wonderful events that are going on across the borough - street parties, dances, tree planting and much more.
“And I am glad to see our local shops and businesses in the town centre have made sure they don’t miss out and teamed up with the council to organise a great day to mark the Diamond jubilee.”
He added: “It is shaping up to be a fantastic summer in the borough with the Jubilee celebrations, Shakespeare at the Castle - which this year is Romeo and Juliet - the annual food and drinks festival, a cycling grand prix and arts festival - just some of the things going on in our borough.”
It’s been made easier to keep up with all the celebrations thanks to an interactive events calendar available on the borough council’s website. The calendar was set up to mark a year of celebration with the Jubilee and London Olympics. Everybody from community groups to parish councils and local residents can advertise their events for free with the rest of the borough. You can find the calendar and submit your event at www.staffordbc.gov.uk/2012eventcalendar.
There is also an action-packed week of activities lined up for kids aged 4 to 16 so they can get out during the Half Term holiday. Swimming sessions, a tennis coaching camp and activities at Stafford Castle, as well as a host of other events will be starting on Monday 4 June. Everything you need to know is at www.staffordbc.gov.uk/getout.
A complete timetable of activities over the jubilee weekend can be found at www.staffordbc.gov.uk/2012