Bandstand party for the Queen
Traders, crafters and residents will come together to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.
Ashford Borough Council ( ABC) and Revelation St Mary’s have teamed up to put on a special concert at the town centre bandstand on Saturday, June 11, between 11am and 2pm.
Lindy Hop singer Miss Holiday Swing will be performing jazzy tunes from the 30s, 40s and 50s and extra seating will be provided for visitors.
The bandstand will be decorated with handmade bunting created by Ashford’s own Emporia Fabric and Crafts and there will be commemorative banners featuring the Queen’s previous visits to the borough.
The Mayor of Ashford, Cllr George Koowaree, will plant a commemorative oak tree in the Memorial Gardens at 10am.
An ABC spokesman said: “The tree will act as a long-lasting honour and tribute to the Queen for years to come and it is planned that nine more oak trees will be planted in Conningbrook Lakes Country Park in the autumn.”
Marks and Spencer will be in the High Street hanging out free pieces of cake and Ashford Farmers’ Market trader Jay Associates will be offer free cups of tea and sell British-themed goodies.
Wilko will be holding a colouring competition for youngsters and there will be a craft activity gazebo in the High Street, opposite Starbucks, between 11am and 2pm.
ABC will be litter-picking in North Park and Queen Mother Park in June after the success of the Clean for the Queen campaign, which has been run by Keep Britain Tidy.
Residents hoping to hold street parties have been asked to notify ABC in advance and some individual member grants may be available.
For more information, visit www.ashford.gov.uk/events or visit www.gov.uk/government/ publications/your-guide-toorganising-a-street-party
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