Blackpool plans to mark the Platinum Jubilee in style
Posted on Thursday 5th May 2022
Blackpool has unveiled a spectacular programme of entertainment to mark the start of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
It includes a grand parade of heritage trams along the seafront, a giant outdoor picnic and free entertainment on the Comedy Carpet, a light and laser show, and a burst of fireworks at the top of The Blackpool Tower.
The event will take place on Thursday 2 June, the first of two bank holidays at the start of the four-day holiday weekend.
Staged in association with Blackpool Transport and the Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID), the parade will see around a dozen trams from the heritage fleet travel in convoy from the Pleasure Beach to Little Bispham, creating one of the largest tram parades the town has seen.
The convoy, which sets off at 2.30pm, will pause at the Tower Festival Headland for a unique photo opportunity.
Between 3.00pm and 7.00pm, people will be able to relax at The Big Comedy Picnic, an al fresco eating out area opposite The Blackpool Tower, with free live entertainment.
Then, between 9.00pm and 9.45pm, there will be further entertainment before the town joins the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons, followed by a light show and a burst of fireworks on The Blackpool Tower.
Although the historic trams were officially “retired” when new European-style trams were brought into service on the seafront route in 2012, a number of them were retained and thanks to an army of volunteers have been brought back into regular use. They now form one of the finest heritage fleets in the world.
Blackpool is one of thousands of locations and landmarks across the UK where beacons will be lit. In true Blackpool style, it will be adding its own unique twist to the ceremony.
Beacon lighting has long been associated with celebrating major milestones, including Royal Jubilees, weddings and coronations. Dating all the way back to 1897, beacons were lit to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. Most recently, beacons have been used to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day and Her Majesty’s 90th birthday in 2016.
The Blackpool Tower will be lit in red, white and blue throughout the four days.
Blackpool is going green for the Queen!
Through various different projects across the town, over 2000 trees have been planted in Blackpool this year, the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year.
Over 80 large trees have been planted throughout Blackpool, including Christmas trees, new street trees, trees in parks, memorial trees and community orchard trees.
A further 900 new young trees called whips have also been planted in Blackpool. The young trees have been planted by students attending Blackpool schools including Highfield Leadership Academy, Montgomery, Park School, Mereside Academy, Langdale, Hawes Side Academy and St Kentigern’s to name but a few.
More trees were planted with schools as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy through the Lancashire Lieutenancy. Blackpool school children got a chance to meet one of the Queen’s representatives in Lancashire, hear about the Queen and then plant a tree in honour of the Queen’s leadership.
This huge tree planting effort has been supported by volunteers, Robertson North West, Social Enterprise Solutions, Trees in Cities, Tiny Forest, The Woodland Trust, ward councillors and Blackpool Council.
A further 1000 young trees will be planted this year with the support of The Woodland Trust.
A bumper year for trees this year in Blackpool inspired by the Queen’s Jubilee, which will benefit the town for years to come.
Three Stanford seats have also been kindly donated by Glasdon’s to commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. They will be positioned in Blackpool to allow locals and visitors alike to enjoy some of the new trees and green spaces.
Cllr Kath Benson, Cabinet Member for Community Engagement said: “We are thrilled that so many people in Blackpool are coming together to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in such a unique way.
“We are very much looking forward to seeing the heritage tram parade and being part of the celebrations on the comedy carpet afterwards.
“We hope that everyone in Blackpool gets involved whether that is by attending one of the many organised events going on across Blackpool or by celebrating with family and friends at home”.
The whole country is being encouraged to go out on their street, join with neighbours, family, friends and their communities to celebrate the Queen’s jubilee and Blackpool is no different.
Applications to close your street for a street party have now closed, but it’s not too late to join in the fun. There are many community events happening throughout the town. Local parks such as Anchorsholme Park, Stanley Park, Kingscote Park, Solaris Park to name a few are all hosting Jubilee events. Go to our website to see what is going on and also to register your event if you want others to find out about it and attend.
Posted on Thursday 5th May 2022