District prepares to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
A host of events are taking place across Lichfield District as part of the national celebration to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Street parties, the Lichfield Greenhill Bower, Burntwood Wakes and village events will be held over the special four-day bank holiday weekend from Thursday 2 June to Sunday 5 June.
Celebrations will begin outside the cathedral on Thursday 2 June with a special event to light the Platinum Jubilee Beacon alongside more than 1,500 other locations across the UK and Commonwealth. Bells will be rung at 9.30am to start the proceedings and the cathedral will be illuminated in red, white and blue.
There will also be a performance of ‘Song of the Commonwealth’ by the Lichfield Cathedral Jubilee Choir and a piper and bugler will also play over the Bank Holiday weekend.
Curborough Community Centre in Reynolds Close, Lichfield is holding a free celebration on Thursday 2 June from 1pm to 4pm. There will be a bouncy castle, assault course and entertainment. Everyone is welcome.
The Lichfield Greenhill Bower is joining the Jubilee celebrations this year with its traditional attractions on Saturday 4 June. The procession will run through Lichfield city centre with the crowning of the Lichfield Greenhill Bower Queen at 12noon and there will be a fun fair and much more to enjoy in Beacon Park and Bird Street Car Park.
The Platinum Jubilee celebrations in Burntwood will be centred on the traditional Wakes on Saturday 4 June. Join in the fun at Burntwood Leisure Centre from 12noon to 8pm where the event, which is free to enter, will feature a climbing wall and cave, a petting zoo, Army Cadets, Chasetown FC and Burntwood RFC exhibitions, inflatables, Punch and Judy and a static bird of prey display.
There will also be live entertainment on stage from numerous local acts into the evening, as well as a heritage exhibition, markets stalls and much more.
Hammerwich Village is marking the Jubilee on Sunday 5 June from 12noon onwards. Its celebration will include walks through the village, a treasure trail, market stalls, a fairground ride and a BBQ on the grounds of Hammerwich Cricket Club. Free parking is available.
You can also join the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacon Trail in Lichfield city centre. Visit Lichfield has teamed up with High Street Safari to run the experience through an app which anyone with a smartphone can enjoy for free.
The trail features cute characters such as Charlie Crown and Theadora Throne, Buckingham Palace residents who have come to life and are visiting Lichfield.
Players get to see them burst to life in augmented reality and take selfies and record videos with them!
To find out more visit The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Trail website.
On Sunday 5 June, the cathedral will conclude its weekend of celebration at 10.30am with a special choral eucharist.
During the four days residents are holding street parties in Lichfield, Burntwood, Whittington Shenstone and at other neighbourhoods in the district to mark the Jubilee.
The Leader of Lichfield District Council, Councillor Doug Pullen, said:
“Some wonderful events are taking place across the district to celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
“People are holding street parties and there is will be so much to enjoy at the Lichfield Greenhill Bower and Burntwood Wakes.
“This special occasion is a great opportunity for us to come together with friends and loved-ones and celebrate the dedicated service of our remarkable monarch. I wish everyone a fantastic time.”