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Bilston Town Hall hosts Jubilee Lunch

By john workman  |  Posted: February 23, 2012

Bilston Town Hall, venue of The Big Jubilee Lunch.

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THE Queen’s Diamond Jubilee will soon be upon us, marking the sixtieth anniversary of Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne back in 1952, and no doubt on that first weekend in June the Black Country will be doing it’s best to enjoy itself.

In that regard, Pamela Cole- Hudson, Strategic Director of the Gazebo Theatre in Education Company Ltd, has provided the Bugle with some exciting news about a Big Jubilee Lunch at Bilston Town Hall on Sunday 3rd June. The event, which is open to all, will include a dance, entertainment, and an exhibition of local memories of the Coronation and previous Jubilees. In the spirit of street parties gone by, guests are encouraged to bring their own street party picnics along. Alternatively picnic lunch bags can be pre-ordered. Tickets are £6 adults, £5 for OAPs and £2.50 for children, and can be ordered by calling 01902 497222, or in person at Bilston Town Hall, Church Street, Bilston, Monday to Friday 9.30am—5pm.

As announced by Buckingham Palace, The Big Jubilee Lunch will be part of the main programme of events over the central weekend of Diamond Jubilee celebrations in June 2012.

Pamela told us, “Some 10 million people came out in sunny 1977 to celebrate the Silver Jubilee, so we hope a large number of people will take part in The Big Lunch here at the Town Hall. Quite simply, we want to get as many people as possible to sit down and have lunch with their neighbours. After all The Big Lunch is all about community, friendship and fun.” Since taking up residency at Bilston Town Hall upon its refurbishment, Gazebo have been keen to promote its important history and engage the community within exciting arts projects and social events. Last year they undertook an ambitious and innovative programme exploring the Second World War, and now they are keen to hear from anybody that would like to share their local memories, photographs and memorabilia of the Queen’s Coronation and Jubilee celebrations. These will form the basis of an exhibition to be shown as part of the Big Jubilee Lunch, and also provide inspiration for work within local schools. In addition, Bilston Town Hall are entering the national Big Bunting Competition, which seeks to find the longest single line of bunting made for the Big Lunch. Schools, community groups and individuals are invited to make a stretch of bunting to form part of the Bilston bunting for this competition.

For further information contact Gazebo, 01902 497222, or email admin@gazebotie.org.

The Bugle would like to correct a mistake made in last week’s issue. The 2012 Black Country Memories Club AGM and its next meeting will take place at Bilston Methodist Church on Wednesday February 29th, not April 29th as previously printed.

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