STAFFORD will go back to the 1950s with a packed weekend of entertainment as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
A huge programme of events has been lined up to mark the 60 years Queen Elizabeth ll has been on the throne.
Street entertainment, historical exhibitions, and live music will be taking place in the town centre and the Newsletter has teamed up with the borough council to put on a Jubilee Tea Party in the grounds of St Mary’s Church on Saturday, June 2.
Hundreds of people will be treated to a cup of tea and specially created cup-cake served by staff in 50s-style dress. And revellers will also be able to take away the celebration cup their tea is served in as a keepsake from the day.
Festivities will begin on the Friday with the launch of a Royal Connections exhibition at the Ancient High House, which hosted Charles I in 1642. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to record their good wishes to Her Majesty in a commemorative book.
On Saturday the town centre will be taken over by street theatre and entertainers as Stafford goes back to the ‘50s. Workshops will be held where people can learn ‘50s-style dance moves while children can make arty gifts to take home and have their faces painted free.
Jugglers and dancers will be performing in the centre, musical theatre based in an ice cream van and entertainers popping up around the streets will be just some of the features.
The day officially gets under way at 10am with the tea party taking place between 2pm and 5pm. The event is a joint venture between the borough council and town centre businesses.
Shops around the centre are being encouraged to dress their front windows in ‘50s-style themes. To get everyone in the swing hairdressers from Francesco Group will be offering to “put up” people’s hair freeof- charge in the style of the post-war era.
On the Sunday The Glen Miller Orchestra will stage a celebration concert at the town’s Gatehouse Theatre.
A special Jubilee service is taking place at St Mary’s church and the following day a beacon will be lit at Stafford Castle with a firework display to mark the royal celebration.
Monday will also see a jubilee programme of events for youngsters for the school half-term holidays.
Leader of Stafford Borough Council, Mike Heenan, said: “This long weekend is all about the community celebrating the incredible 60-year reign of our monarch.
It is shaping up to be a fantastic summer with the Olympic Torch coming, Jubilee celebrations, Shakespeare at the Castle, the annual food and drinks festival, a cycling grand prix and an arts festival just some of the things going on over the coming months in the borough.” More information about the weekend as well as a complete timetable of activities going on will be available soon from www.staffordbc.gov.uk/2012.
If any more businesses want to get involved on the day contact Lisa Clemson on firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 01785 619470.
Email email@example.com with details of your community events to mark the diamond jubilee or the London Olympics.
And check out the special 2012 pages on avaialable on the council website at www.staffordbc.gov.uk/2012.