70 years Platinum Jubilee festival funding
Adur & Worthing Councils have earmarked nearly £50,000 to help the community and local groups celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Her Majesty will be the first British monarch to reach this milestone, having acceded to the throne at the age of 25 on 6th February 1952, 70 years ago. To recognise the landmark, the Councils are planning a series of events across the region to run in tandem with those being held nationally.
Funding will come out of reserves with £20,000 from Adur District Council and £28,500 from Worthing Borough Council to pay for the community-based festivities that culminate in a four-day bank holiday from 2nd-5th June.
Adur & Worthing partnership for Platinum Jubilee
Cllr Emma Evans, Adur District Council’s Executive Member for the Environment, said: “The Jubilee will provide many opportunities for communities, local groups and schools to come together and share bonds, which is particularly important after the difficulties we have all endured during the last two years of the pandemic.
“Events such as street parties will provide neighbours with the opportunity to both recognise and build new friendships.”
Cllr Nicky Waight, Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, added: “We are very excited about the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations and all the events that are planned around it.
“As well as bringing people together, the events will stimulate and support the visitor economy in both Adur and Worthing as we work in partnership with business groups, not to mention some of the projects based around green spaces that can enhance mental and physical wellbeing.”
Events to Celebrate 70 years of The Queen’s reign
The Councils’ planned events for The Queen’s 70 years landmark celebration kick off on 11th March when civic heads from Adur and Worthing will plant an Old English Oak Tree to commemorate the event, with the likely sites being Beach House Park in Worthing and Buckingham Park in Shoreham.
As part of the Queen’s Green Canopy – a nationwide initiative to invite people, community groups and schools to plant trees and establish new woodland areas to enhance local biodiversity – new trees will be planted in Buckingham Park and Worthing’s Brooklands Park.
The Seafront Gallery, off Marine Parade in Worthing, is also set to commission a series of Platinum Jubilee-themed displays over the summer in the lead-up to The Queen’s official birthday on 2nd June.
To honour Her Majesty’s birthday there are plans to host a dawn torch-lighting event at Highdown Gardens that could be linked to a lighting of the Beacon later.
There will also be a Jubilee concert and light show in Worthing’s Steyne Gardens with music from the past 70 years of The Queen’s reign on Friday 3 June, while the following day will be a second evening of film and music, including a Jubilee finale.
The final day of the celebrations, on Sunday 5th June, will feature The Big Lunch campaign, which aims to give communities the opportunity to come together to host street parties and celebrate. The Community Street Party application process is open until 15 April.
There are also celebratory events on Worthing promenade and at Adur Recreation Ground, as well as the Shoreham Vintage Fair. The Councils will hang Jubilee bunting and fly the Union flag during the celebrations.
For more information on how to get involved visit www.adur-worthing.gov.uk/queens-platinum-jubilee/.