Council reveals plans for Platinum Jubilee celebrations

A ‘major celebratory event’ will take place this summer to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the leader of a city council has announced.

Birmingham City Centre
Birmingham City Centre

And community organisations in Birmingham are being invited to apply for funding to put on their own events in celebration this summer, as the Queen approaches 70 years on the throne.

While the actual date of the Queen’s Jubilee is February 6, celebrations will take place this June to mark the historic occasion, with street parties and events being planned up and down the country.

Leader of the council Ian Ward has confirmed that Birmingham will also be hosting a series of events, while encouraging those who want to host their own events to put themselves forward for funding.

“For most of us in this meeting, her Majesty has been a constant throughout our lives, and to have served for 70 years on the throne is a remarkable achievement,” he said.

“So I’m keen for the council to play its part in the celebrations this summer.

“As you would expect the council is supporting the platinum jubilee celebrations for her majesty in a variety of ways, including organised events and the implementation of the Queen’s platinum jubilee walkway across the city.

“The city will take part in the national beacon lighting on Thursday June 2, while planning is also underway for a major celebratory event over a number of days this summer. And we’ll make a formal announcement with partners in due course.

“Discussions are also underway with faith groups about a service of thanksgiving. Grants are available for community and voluntary organisations to celebrate the jubilee through creative and cultural activities, with the heart of England community foundation leading on a £5 million grant programme within the West Midlands and Warwickshire.

“I know that people right across Birmingham have a great deal of respect and admiration for her majesty, and that our communities will want to celebrate the jubilee in style.

“So I look forward to those celebrations in the city of Birmingham.”

The leader of the council also indicated that residents would be able to host their own street parties, and that the council may assist with road closures if applications are made.

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