Calderdale is ready to make the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June, an occasion to remember for years to come. Communities across the borough are coming together to celebrate 70 years of Her Majesty’s service during the Jubilee Weekend from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 June 2022.Events and activities throughout Calderdale are planned, from music and performances to gatherings and displays. The Mayor of Calderdale, Cllr Chris Pillai, said: “The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee is a landmark moment that everyone across our communities can get involved in. From sharing a cuppa with a neighbour on the doorstep for the Big Jubilee Lunch, to gathering in the iconic local venues holding events, it will be something to remember for generations to come. The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee events include:

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacon Trail
A specially created outdoor trail happening across the country; visit a location, scan a QR code and see characters from Buckingham Palace come to life in augmented reality, learning about different decades in the Queen’s 70-year reign. Key locations in Halifax will feature on the trail, including Halifax Borough Market, The Piece Hall, Halifax Minster and Dean Clough. Players collect digital stamps, engage with the stories, answer questions, choose how to progress their own journey and take selfies with digital prize badges.

Civic celebrations at The Piece Hall include

Thursday 2 June
10am – 12.30pm: Trooping the Colour (BBC content shown on the big screen)
2pm: Town Crier proclamation announcing the 9.45pm beacon lighting
8pm: Procession of dignitaries from Halifax Town Hall followed by speeches by the Deputy Lieutenant, the High Sheriff, the Mayor of Calderdale, the Leader and Chief Executive of Calderdale Council and the Vice Chair of Calderdale Interfaith Council
9.30- 9.40pm: Music incl. Drummers, Piper playing ‘Diu Regnare’ , Bugle Call, ‘Majesty’
9.45pm: Beacon on Beacon Hill being lit (footage will be shown on the big screen in The Piece Hall). The Calderdale Choir will sing ‘A Song for the Commonwealth’

Halifax Minster events:
Thursday 2 to Monday 6 June: Flower Festival
Sunday 5 June, 6pm – 7pm: Jubilee Civic Service

More events at The Piece Hall

Friday 3 June: The Piece Hall will welcome teams from the emergency services for a Family Fun Day. Emergency service vehicles will attend to view close up and throughout the day, musical entertainment from a number of emergency service bands.

Saturday 4 June: The Piece Hall’s courtyard will be alive with music as it hosts a Concert for The Queen, featuring a broad range of local and national talent.

Sunday 5th June The Big Jubilee Lunch: On Sunday 5 June, people across the country will take part in the Big Jubilee Lunch. Why not have a cuppa with a neighbour on your doorstep or have a picnic, barbecue or street party with family, friends and neighbours? For more inspiration visit www.edenprojectcommunities.com/the-big-jubilee-lunch OR visit The Piece Hall to share friendship, food and fun with a traditional picnic-style Big Jubilee Lunch. There will be vintage musical entertainment throughout the day.

The Queen and Calderdale Exhibition at Bankfield Museum, Halifax
Throughout June, the Council will hold an exhibition at Bankfield Museum to celebrate Her Majesty’s reign and how it has been marked in Calderdale. Objects from the museum collection relating to the visit by the young Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s visit to Halifax in 1949, as well as Royal memorabilia from the Queen’s Coronation and the Silver and Golden Jubilees. Pride of place will be a dress said to be worn by the Queen at a garden party in the 1960s.

Calderdale Library activities
A variety of Jubilee themed crafting activities are planned as well as displays and activities showing what life was like in 1952, the year of the Queens Coronation.

For more information about the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, visit www.royal.uk/platinumjubilee