Jubilee celebrations in Rotherham

To mark the historic milestone of Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, join in the celebrations in Rotherham with an array of entertainment both in the town centre and Clifton Park over the Jubilee weekend.

Share your memories of past Jubilee celebrations and royal visits at the open-air photography exhibition which will be in All Saints’ Square from Thursday 2nd until Saturday 4th June. There will also be pop-up and walkabout performances from local choirs and groups, artists, and street performers.

In preparation for the event, Rotherham Archives and Local Studies Service is collecting stories and memories of how different communities from across Rotherham borough have celebrated past royal visits and jubilee occasions. These will be compiled and kept for years to come, with a selection of people and their stories also being featured in the exhibition.

Queen Elizabeth II visiting Clifton Park 1991 (c) Rotherham Archives

Perhaps you remember watching the coronation on television in 1953? Did you organise a street party to celebrate William and Kate’s wedding in 2011? Have you met the Queen or another member of the Royal Family? Or maybe you have objects, memorabilia, or photographs from the Golden Jubilee? This is your chance to share your story.

Whether you have memories or not, make new ones at the Big Jubilee Lunch in Clifton Park on Sunday 5th June. Encouraging communities to celebrate their connections and get to know each other a little bit better, come together in a spirit of fun and friendship. Bring your own picnic or purchase something tasty from the food outlets on-site. Visitors will also be able to enjoy some wonderful family performances and entertainment throughout the day, all in the beautiful surroundings of Rotherham’s premier park.

Crowds waiting to greet the Queen, 1954 (c) Rotherham Archives

For up-to-date details about these events, please follow @RMBCEvents on Facebook or Twitter.

If you wish to contribute your memories to the special open-air photography project, please get in touch with archivist, Clare Sexton via email archives@rotherham.gov.uk or call 01709 336632.