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Join In Birthday Celebrations With Street Party And Proms
Tamworth is going all out as part of celebrations to mark the Queen's 90th birthday this year. A variety of events will be taking place in honour of the Queen's official birthday in June, including a street party, photo competition and a unique proms-style concert. And, as part of the royal knees-up, Tamworth's Town Team has been engaged in a project to create community bunting which will be strung up in shop windows throughout the town centre.
Some of the bunting to be strung in Tamworth's shops
The bunting will be on display for the whole of June before being moved to St Editha's Church in Tamworth town centre for the proms concert on July 2. The project is supported by Tamworth businesses The Sewcial Studio and RosieJo Creations of Created in Tamworth who have been staging workshops to help people with their pennant making.
Completed pennants will be strung together and hung up during June in time for them to provide a fitting backdrop to a street party celebration in St Editha's Square which is being planned by St Editha's Church on Sunday 12 June following the Queen's official birthday on June 11.
St Editha's Church is at the centre of some of the Queen's birthday celebrations
People are invited to join the celebrations as the market square is transformed into a huge picnic area with tables, chairs and entertainment. Some tea, coffee, cakes and sandwiches will be provided, but party goers are invited to bring their own food along to the event, which is between 2pm and 4pm.
The church has also launched a photographic competition open to all amateur photographers and featuring a variety of categories, including royal pictures, Tamworth's heritage, sport and leisure, 'in the garden', 'pets at home', 'in the countryside', plus a special category for entrants under 12.
Historic Tamworth Castle is likely to feature in the photo competition
Prints must be a maximum size of 8 inches by 10 inches and mounted on paper, not card. People can submit five prints per category at a cost of £1 per entry. Entries can be sent to St Editha's Parish Office, 29 Church Street, Tamworth, B79 7BX, or hand delivered with the appropriate fee before June 3. Photos will be displayed in St Editha's Church Hall on Saturday 11 June, between 11am and 3pm, ahead of prize giving at 3pm. Contact St Editha's Church on 01827 68339 for more information.
The birthday festivities will then be rounded off in style with a huge proms style concert with a twist in St Editha's Church on Saturday 2 July. The 'Unfinished Symphony' is being organised by Tamworth-based event organiser Paul Brindley and though it will feature a traditional-looking orchestra, the concert and music will be anything but. Audiences will be treated to songs from each of the nine decades since the Queen's birth, as well as classic prom-style favourites, all accompanied by cutting edge projection screens and lighting displays.
Proceeds from the concert will be donated to St Giles Hospice and the St Editha's Church restoration fund. Tickets are priced at £10 each with information about how to buy them on the event's Facebook page.