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Floral tributes from The Beatles to Queen Victoria
A local band in Tamworth, Staffordshire, is hoping to 'say it with flowers' as they perform a special concert to mark judging day in the annual Heart of England in Bloom competition. Judges will be arriving in town on July 16 to view Tamworth's fabulous floral displays, community projects and wildlife habitats. And, to mark the climax of this year's Tamworth in Bloom campaign, local community groups and residents are invited to join Amington Band for an afternoon celebration from 12pm to 3pm at the Tamworth Castle Bandstand. The judges will take a tour of the town, before arriving at the bandstand, revealing the year of hard work, planning and planting by Tamworth Borough Council, residents, businesses and groups. Tamworth is currently flourishing with colour in the hope that the borough will take gold for the tenth year running, in the regional Heart of England in Bloom campaign.
A floral tribute to Queen Victoria
This year's campaign theme – 'Blooming Tamworth' – More than just flowers, celebrates everything that is great about the town, including its community, events and heritage. The Moor Street traffic island at the end of Lichfield Street is now proudly displaying a stunning Queen Victoria crest, a tribute to the 200th anniversary of her birth. The other raised 'crest' flower beds on the island also form special tributes to Blooming Tamworth, represented on the second flower bed with the Tamworth 'T' and community projects such as the 'Communknitty' and the Urban Arts and Sports Festival. The third raised flower bed is a celebration of 130 years of Tamworth Assembly Rooms, which originally opened its doors in 1889, and some of the amazing acts that have graced the stage over the decades, including The Beatles who performed there in 1963. The venue was also used as a parcel distribution station for soldiers during both world wars.
A colourful display commemorating Wind in the Willows
In addition to the crests, an extra bed features a 'Wind in the Willows' display to highlight the Tamworth Arts and Events outdoor theatre production of the well-loved tale, which took place in the town's Dosthill Park in June. Tamworth's popular 3D floral figures will also be returning following a refurbishment, including the First World War soldier at his new location next to St Editha's Church, and the running man in the Castle Grounds. The grounds are also starting to bloom with the beautiful wisteria garden, the new sensory garden and the stunning raised flower beds beneath the bandstand showcasing the St George's flag, fireworks flower display and a tribute to the silver screen outdoor cinema.
The Beatles say it with flowers
Tamworth residents are encouraged to join the in Bloom celebrations by taking photos of their favourite floral display across the borough or sharing a photo of their own garden display, plant or basket on social media. All they have to do is upload their pictures to Tamworth Borough Council's Twitter or Facebook page with the hashtag #Bloomingtamworth and tagging @VisitTamworth