Revealed: List of activities being held to mark Platinum Jubilee in Hinckley

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 6 May 2022

HINCKLEY AND BOSWORTH’S residents and visitors are warmly invited to enjoy a series of events to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday Weekend, Thursday 2 June – Sunday 5 June.

Library image / Inset (Image: Public domain)

2 June – Proms in the Park

The celebrations for the Jubilee will be kicked off on Thursday, 2 June, with a Proms in the Park concert inside of the town’s award-winning Hollycroft Park, held in partnership with Hinckley Round Table.

Gates will open to park-goers at 5pm, with the show commencing at 6pm, and finishing at 8.30pm.

The Bardi Wind Orchestra will perform “Happy and Glorious” and a programme of royal music. As well as this, under the baton of David Calow, the Orchestra and vocal soloists Jenny Saunders and David Morris will perform “Nessun Dorma”, “We’ll Meet Again”, “White Cliffs of Dover”, to name a few.

The compère for the evening will be Colin Blackler.

It will conclude in a traditional flag waving style with Last Night of the Proms items including “Rule Britannia”, “Jerusalem” and “Land of Hope and Glory”.

The concert is free-to-attend, and no booking is necessary, however, capacity is limited in the auditorium area and will be on a ‘first come, first served basis’. Well-behaved dogs are welcome, but they must be kept on a lead, and owners must pick up after their dogs.

2 June – Beacon lighting

On Thursday, 2 June, a beacon lighting will take place inside of the Argents Mead park, from 9.15pm to 10pm, which will see beacons lit to commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

3 June and 4 June – Music in the Mead

On Friday, 3 June, and Saturday, 4 June, two days of live music will be held inside of the Argents Mead park from 1pm to 3pm.

On the Friday, a theatre-style show named “Salute to the 1940s” will take place, featuring a cast of six performers paying tribute to Vera Lynn, George Formby, Gracie Fields, with a walkabout entertainer.

The day after, on Saturday, the Emperors of Rhythm will have park-goers dancing with 1950’s songs including hits by Tommy Steel, Billy Fury.

5 June – Street party

And finally, on Sunday, 5 June, the Jubilee will be celebrated with a street party day – attendees can enjoy their own big Jubilee lunch in one of Hinckley’s ‘beautiful’ town centre parks.

Coun. Keith Nichols, the Borough Council’s Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, said: “This will be a weekend of huge celebration and we hope that residents and visiting friends and relatives will join us in marking this unprecedented anniversary.

“There is lots to enjoy throughout the weekend although one of the main events will be Proms in the Park, so bring your deck chairs and picnics and settle down to enjoy the great musical talent, the singing, and the flag waving while soaking up the atmosphere in the lovely park setting.

“However you choose to mark this occasion, may you have a safe and enjoyable time – congratulations to Her Majesty The Queen on this historic occasion.”

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