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City’s all set for a right Royal jubilee celebration
Bunting is flying across Bradford already as jubilee fever sweeps the district.
More than 100 official events have now been listed with Bradford Council as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations with organisations from schools to community groups, busy planning galas, fun and games, fireworks and picnics where everyone is welcome to regally mark the big weekend.
The Lord Mayor’s Parade this Saturday will also be flying the flag for the forthcoming jubilations.
And in Haworth this weekend they will be turning the clocks back for the 1940s weekend with vintage bands and dancing in the parks, a veterans and evacuees’ parade and plenty of dressing up in wartime costumes by locals and visitors alike.
Day of Dance, at venues across Saltaire, will also be taking on a jubilee theme with rock and roll and swing jive workshops on Saturday. There are 43 different workshops in all and tickets can be booked on the day for those sessions with ceilidh fun in Victoria Hall on the night – to find out more go to dayofdance.co.uk.
A choir of young performers have already been celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee at a special concert at Bradford Cathedral. A total of 75 children from Stage 84 in Idle sang at the cathedral earlier this month during a service of celebration.
The Jubilee Celebration of Six Decades of Music was in honour of the Diamond Jubilee and was organised by Bradford Rotary Clubs.
“The children sang a song from each decade of the Queen’s reign including songs from The Beatles, Rod Stewart, Queen, Take That and Jessie J,” said Stage 84 principal Valerie Jackson.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Bradford was another group starting the celebrations early, with some of its members travelling to London last weekend to join in a charity walk and nationally raise more than £400,000 for good causes.
Back in Bradford, the Ahmadiyya community is opening up its mosque on Sunday, June 3, and Monday, June 4, raising the British flag on the Sunday with a day of activities for neighbours, young and old, in the area and then a barbecue on the Monday, from noon to 3pm. Councillor Dale Smith, who next week becomes Lord Mayor of Bradford, has been invited as a special guest.
People are also invited to take sandwiches along to Bradford city centre on Saturday, June 2, for a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Big Lunch in City Park and tuck into a feast of street theatre and live music, it is all free and the fun starts at 11am.
Across the district Hipperholme and Lightcliffe High School is having a fun day on June 3 while the Chapel House pub in Low Moor saves its celebration for June 4, from 1pm, with a hog roast and inflatable fun as well as a britpop band called The Substitutes playing from 3pm.
Silsden Park will be rocking with concerts featuring bands such as M.A.S.K and Talking to Strangers, Jonny Sherlock and the Baskervilles, Pure Tones, Big Bang, new 2 and the Great Pretenders Tribute Act. The June 2 concerts starts at 1pm and go on until 10pm. On June 3 it will be open mic from noon to 6pm.
A game of pin the crown on the Queen will be among the attractions at a jubilee party in Wibsey on June 2 as well as egg and spoon and sack races at St Paul’s Church, St Paul’s Avenue, from 2pm to 4pm.
Again on June 2, 60th Bradford North Scout Group is taking the lead in organising the Thornton Jubilee Beacon event. The festivities kick off at 3pm with an afternoon of entertainment at Thornton Recreation Ground. The beacon will be lit at 10.30pm, one of 2,012 throughout the country. Thornton has been specially chosen for this event and is the only beacon in the Bradford area. Bradford Council has organised two talks at Keighley Library, starting with Charlie Bhowmick giving a talk called The Investiture At Buckingham Palace, on Friday, May 25, at 7.30pm. On Friday, June 1, at 7.30pm, it will be the turn of Ian Dewhirst to talk about Life in the 1950s. The former Keighley Library employee, who was honoured in 1999 in recognition of his services to local history, will look back over the past 60 years. Places can be booked at the free talks by calling (01535) 618215.
Harold Park in Low Moor will be the place to head to for anyone fancying a picnic on Tuesday, June 5, from noon to 2pm. To help work up an appetite there will also be a bouncy castle and donkey rides.
And jubilee celebrations look set to carry on into July with a meal and auction event at The Wheatsheaf in Little Gomersal, on Sunday, July 1, at 7pm, and then it is a patriotic-themed Shelf Gala on Saturday, July 7, from 1pm.
Children involved in a project to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations were due to attend a special award ceremony today.
Little Diamonds of Bradford has been organised by Bradford Council for youngsters to create art work, stories, poems, models and costumes to celebrate the occasion.
Schools as well as community and youth groups have been involved in the project, which has seen children creating collages, graphic art, models and paintings, and writing short stories and poetry.
A book will be created from the entries and will be called Raiders Of The Lost Card – A Diamond Quest, which will be delivered to Buckingham Palace.
There will be a variety of prizes and trophies for the winners, including a VIP tour of Buckingham Palace, £1,000 for the winning school, as well as individual prizes such as an iPad.
The ceremony was due to take place at St George’s Hall in Bradford, from 1.15pm.
Bunting makers are being invited to try and beat a world record.
Creative Calverley is organising a workshop in the village on Saturday, May 26, in the Methodist Church School Room from 10am.
People can make their own bunting for the summer, the jubilee and street parties and also have the option to contribute what they make towards a world record bunting attempt in Leeds later in the year.
Youngsters at the workshop will also be encouraged to get involved with a What’s Your Goal Leeds and Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust initiative to set a goal that makes a positive difference to their health and lives.