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Celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 2022 at Wednesbury’s free family fun day

Published 25th May 2022

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Celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 2022 and enjoy entertainment at a free family fun day in Wednesbury on Tuesday, 31 May, from 12 noon to 4pm.

It will take place on Union Street in Wednesbury and there’s something for everyone: live music, street performers, balloon artistry, a stilt walker, face painting, free goody bags for children, free soft drinks, tea and royal cake.

Plus, you can have your portrait taken with the Queen (also known as Patricia Ford), to remember this special day.

Union Street will be decorated with red, white and blue bunting which has been knitted and crocheted by local women who meet at the Town Hall as part of The Knights of Wednesbury.

There will also be an exhibition of archival photographs of the Queen’s visit in 1962 to Wednesbury – so you can share your memories if you were there – and an exhibition of portraits of the Queen made by Wednesbury schoolchildren.

The Mayor of Sandwell, Councillor Richard Jones, who will open the festivities at 12 noon, said: “The Queen's Platinum Jubilee 2022 celebration events will bring together Sandwell families, friends, neighbours and communities, providing us with opportunities to thank Her Majesty for her devoted service to the people of this country and the Commonwealth, across seven decades of extraordinary change.

“From tree planting to beacon lighting, from the Big Lunch to Wednesbury’s family fun day, these celebrations will demonstrate the people of Sandwell’s affection for and goodwill to The Queen, while offering enjoyment, hope and optimism after some difficult times for so many of us.”

Councillor Kerrie Carmichael, Leader of Sandwell Council, said: “Communities in Wednesbury are invited to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 2022 with free entertainment that reflects local people, their stories and the rich heritage and culture that make the town unique.

“The event – one of the many Platinum Jubilee activities taking place in Sandwell – will provide an opportunity to celebrate the Queen’s 70 years as our monarch. It will make people feel proud of where they live, capture the vibrancy of our thriving communities and showcase local talent in an engaging, inspiring programme.”

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The fun day is organised by Multistory and local organisations who are members of the We Are Wednesbury working group.

To find out more about the We are Wednesbury cultural programme, please email wearewednesbury@multistory.org.uk

The We are Wednesbury projects are a cultural, community engaged programme that is being developed by Multistory with, and for, local residents, groups, communities and artists.  We are Wednesbury is part of the Wednesbury High Street Heritage Action Zone, funded by Sandwell Council and Historic England to re-establish the historic character of the area and create a vibrant, welcoming space.

Multistory is a community arts organisation based in West Bromwich. With residents, communities and artists it is organising the cultural, community-engaged ‘We are Wednesbury’ programme, as part of the Wednesbury HSHAZ. The programme features exciting arts projects, artist commissions, workshops, talks and events in libraries, community centres and indoor and outdoor public spaces throughout Wednesbury until early 2024.

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The Wednesbury HSHAZ project, which is led by Sandwell Council in conjunction with Historic England, proposes:

  • Public realm improvements to Market Place, featuring the enlarging of pedestrian space to create a multi-use event space, and high-quality paving materials
  • The relocation of the open-air market to Market Place and the top of Union Street
  • Improvements to the Clock Tower
  • Enhancements to the buildings within the conservation area
  • Cultural and community activities.

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The Wednesbury HSHAZ project is part of Sandwell Council's commitment, in partnership with Historic England, to support the town centre and highlight the historic significance of the area. The heritage-led regeneration scheme runs until March 2024.

The High Streets Heritage Action Zones is a £95 million government-funded programme led by Historic England, designed to secure lasting improvements and help breathe new life into our historic high streets for the communities and businesses that use them. Historic England is working with local people and partners to unlock the rich heritage on these high streets, through repair and improvement works as well as arts and cultural programmes, making them more attractive to residents, businesses, tourists and investors. historicengland.org.uk/services-skills/heritage-action-zones/regenerating-historic-high-streets/

Historic England is the public body that helps people care for, enjoy and celebrate England’s spectacular historic environment, from beaches and battlefields to parks and pie shops. They protect, champion and save the places that define who we are and where we’ve come from as a nation. Historic England care passionately about the stories these places tell, the ideas they represent and the people who live, work and play among them. Working with communities and specialists, Historic England share their passion, knowledge and skills to inspire interest, care and conservation, so everyone can keep enjoying and looking after the history that surrounds us all.