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7th Jul, 2022

Ringing in the royal celebrations at Bell Court

ROYAL Jubilee fever will be taking over Bell Court in Stratford when it plays host to live music and events throughout the extended bank holiday weekend.

The centre will showcase a range of live entertainment as well as family fun activities in collaboration with Orchestra of The Swan and Escape Arts.

It will all form part of four days of celebrations during Stratford’s Platinum Jubilee Festival, between June 2 to 5, when the town is due to come alive with street parties, performers, picnic in the park and even live broadcasts from London.

One of the highlights of Bell Court’s jubilee calendar, on Friday (June 3) will be at The Escape Arts Youth & Community Studio, where, between 1.30pm and 5pm, a free event will explore the music, pop culture and fashion during her Majesty’s reign through fun activities and displays.

Pride of place will be given to the unveiling of the magnificent ‘Jubilee Robe’, made by children from Stratford primary schools and local community groups, working alongside local textile artist Barbara Fidoe.

The cloak has been handmade and incorporates elements from 1950s to present, using different techniques and materials.

And, in the first event of its kind, The Swan’s Jubilee Jukebox will allow the audience to have full control over the songs performed, with two song choices available from each decade of Her Majesty’s reign.

The live performances take place at 2pm and 4pm and places can be reserved by heading to www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/jubilee-jukebox-tickets-335433489597.

The new arrangements, created by The Swan’s artistic director David Le Page, will include tunes from The Beatles and the Eurythmics to Ed Sheeran and Snow Patrol.

Youngsters will also be able to enjoy rides on the dodgems and get their faces painted between 10am and 4pm on all four days, with painting proceeds going to Escape Arts and Stratford Food Bank.

Centre manager Rich Jones said: “Bell Court is buzzing with excitement for the coming Jubilee celebrations. It will be the place to be over the Jubilee weekend and we look forward to seeing everyone enjoying themselves and joining in with the festivities.

“We are so pleased with how Stratford has come together to create what will be an amazing event to celebrate what Her Majesty has accomplished over the last seven decades! With so many great organisations and businesses working together, this can only be a great weekend for all!”

A Royal artisan market will also take place on Bridge Street, Bancroft Basin, Waterside, Wood Street and High Street.

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