Band­stand party for the Queen

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Doing Their Bit - By Vicky Cas­tle

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

Pic­ture: Alan Lan­g­ley FM4368284

The launch of the new her­itage trail in Ash­ford at the farm­ers’ mar­ket

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