Sheffield gears up to celebrate Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Sheffield citizens are preparing a range of celebrations for the Queens upcoming Platinum Jubilee.

A four-day bank holiday weekend will take place from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 June, with street parties planned in neighbourhoods across the city.

The special celebration of the Queen’s reign and her 70 years of service means employees will have two days off work, allowing them to come together in a spirit of fun and friendship.

In Sheffield, a free entry Jubilee show will be held at Norfolk Heritage Park from 1pm to 10pm on Thursday June 2.

Councillor Terry Fox, leader of Sheffield City Council, said: “This is a historic moment for our country and for HM the Queen. Reigning for 70 years is an incredible achievement. In Sheffield, we look forward to celebrating this unprecedented Jubilee in style together right across the city.

“I for one will be enjoying the extra bank holiday day this year and I’m sure we will all appreciate it, to take the opportunity to enjoy one or all of the events and celebrations on offer with our families and in our communities.”

Events happening over the long weekend include, a 1950s fancy dress competition, fire juggling, live music, parades, a street food market and much more.

Thomas Spencer, 61, from Tideswell said, “I remember the silver Jubilee in 1977, this is the longest a monarch has ever reigned, it’s worthy of celebrating. It’s quite an achievement.”

A jubilee beacon ceremony will also take place in Norfolk Park on June 2 at 9.45pm, where the beacon is lit as part of the United Kingdom’s long tradition of celebrating royal jubilees.

Over 1,500 beacons will be lit throughout the United Kingdom.

But not everyone is excited. Tatum Confrey, 19, a drama student said: “I think the jubilee has become less celebrated as lots of people have dislike the royal family. It is a bit outdated in my opinion.

“I do think it’s nice that people get two days off as lots of people are stressed in their work environments especially older people.”

The Town Hall, City Hall, St Paul’s Parade, Inner Peace Gardens and Sheffield Winter Gardens will be decorated with Union Jacks and bunting will be on display throughout the city centre.

Sheffield residents will also get a chance to join in with the ‘Big Jubilee Lunch’ and hold their own street parties on Sunday June 5.

Written by Alice Haldane

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