A day of celebration to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee will bring together communities from all corners of the county on Wednesday, July 11 next year.
Herefordshire Diamond Day will celebrate all that is great and good about the county at a sparking festival to be held on Hereford’s King George V playing fields.
It will reflect life in the county during the past 60 years and blend this with a taste of life in the 21st century and beyond.
“This will be a once-in-a-lifetime celebration to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and we hope that towns and villages and other communities will join in and mark the jubilee in their own particular way,” said Lady Darnley, the Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire, who is leading the celebrations.
“We want to highlight the things that make our communities distinctive and we want to celebrate the diversity and richness of our communities with sport, music, dance, local arts and crafts,” she added.
“We also want to provide an opportunity to showcase some of the many and varied businesses and industries associated with Herefordshire, from those which are known round the world and have become household names, to those which are one-man operations but equally contribute to the rich diversity of the county.”
The event is expected to attract thousands of visitors and the team of volunteers behind the day is already contacting local businesses, parish councils, voluntary groups and many other organisations in Herefordshire to encourage them to get involved.
On the day, the King George V playing fields will become a showcase for the county and will include a central stage where performances from communities, schools and organised will take place to entertain visitors.
“This is set to be a day like no other,” said Lady Darnley. “We’ve got such a lot to celebrate in Herefordshire and we may run out of space, but I can guarantee we’ll have something for everyone. “We want to hear from as many community groups as possible as we want them all to take part in the celebration. We’re keen to hear if they’ve got suggestions which could contribute to the celebrations.
The best way to get in touch is via a website which has been set up which gives more details and states how to get in touch. The website address is: www.herefordshirediamondday.co.uk. Alternatively telephone 01432 261837 for more information.