Join the Platinum Jubilee celebrations with a special community street party

RESIDENTS are invited to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at a special community street party which will be held in Barrow on Thursday June 2. 

From Jazz bands and dance performances to afternoon tea and more, residents are being encouraged to come together to mark the special occasion as HRH Queen Elizabeth II becomes first British monarch to have reached the extraordinary milestone of 70 years on the throne. 

Taking place in Barrow Town Square, between The Forum and Barrow Town Hall, there will be entertainment throughout the day for people of all ages to enjoy. 

The free event, organised by Barrow Borough Council with funding from Cumbria County Council, BAE Systems Ltd and Barrowfull, starts at 1pm with entertainment set to finish at around 5.30pm. 

The newly appointed Mayor of Barrow, Councillor Hayley Prestonsaid the day would be a great opportunity for the whole community to celebrate the landmark event. 

Cllr Preston added: “This is such a special occasion and I am thrilled that a community street party is being held. What better way to celebrate such a magnificent milestone than a great day out with friends and family. 

“During the day there will be a whole host of activities, including entertainment from some of our very talented artists and groups as well as the chance to see inside Barrow’s beautiful and historic Town Hall. 

“We’re hoping for blue skies and sunshine, of course, so please do come along, bring your own chairs and blankets and enjoy this traditional community event.”

During the day The Forum Coffee Shop and Bar will be open serving afternoon teas as well as other food and drinks.

As part of the entertainment, compered by Chris Barker, popular singer Becki Fishwick will be performing songs from the 50s and 60s as well as a number of performances from SLRS School and Choir, Walney Musical Society, KS Musicals, Cafe Society Jazz Band, the Cadets and Elite Dance School.

Age UK will also be hosting a number of activities for residents to get involved in. 

There will be an opportunity to enjoy the historic splendour of Barrow Town Hall with non-guided visits allowed between 11am-3pm. British Sign Language interpretation will be available.

At 1pm St James’ Church bells will ring out to mark The Queen’s Jubilee and at 2pm the town crier will announce a specially written proclamation followed by the national anthem. 

Finally, a beacon will be lit at 9.45pm at Barrow Town Hall.This will coincide with other beacon lightings across the UK and the capital cities of the Commonwealth.