Platinum Jubilee Jamboree 

Published Monday, 06 June 2022
Jubilee celebrations and beacon lighting in front of crowd

HINCKLEY AND BOSWORTH’S residents and visitors have royally celebrated the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with a series of concerts, events, and street parties across the borough.

Thousands of people celebrated the start of the long bank holiday weekend at Proms in the Park at Hollycroft Park, Hinckley on Thursday (1 June). 

In partnership with Hinckley Round Table, the Leicester Bardi Wind Orchestra performed ‘Happy and Glorious’, a programme of royal music to commemorate the occasion. Following a welcome by the Mayor of Hinckley and Bosworth Cllr Dawn Glenville, the compere for the evening was Colin Blackler and under the baton of Conductor David Calow, the Bardi Wind Orchestra and vocal soloists Jenny Saunders and David Morris performed a wide variety of popular pieces; Nessun Dorma, We’ll Meet again, White Cliffs of Dover, music from the Beatles, ABBA and much more. The concert concluded in very loud and traditional flag waving style with Last Night of the Proms items including Rule Britannia, Jerusalem and Land of Hope and Glory.  

Leader of the Council, Councillor Stuart Bray said:

What a tremendous occasion! It was a truly magical evening and one that I am sure will remain in everyone’s memory. It was a fitting tribute to our monarch that so many people came together to celebrate. Congratulations Her Majesty on the event of her Platinum Jubilee.

After the concert, many of the audience plus others moved to Argents Mead, to watch the lighting of a Jubilee Beacon, part of a national beacon lighting ceremony. 

Over the following days the Mead in Hinckley played host to a variety of musical concerts, ‘Salute to the 1940s’ which featured a cast performing tributes to Vera Lynn, George Formby, Gracie Fields and more and The Emperors of Rhythm enjoyed a packed crowd who enjoyed music from the 50s. This was followed by the ‘Big Lunch’ a national event bringing millions of people together in family gatherings and street parties to celebrate with neighbours and community in venues right across the borough.

Bill Cullen, Council Chief Executive said:

The occasion of the Platinum Jubilee has certainly been marked by the residents of the borough. It has been a pleasure to see so many houses and shop windows decorated, street parties and community events organised, and the bank holiday weekend has enabled friends and families to come together to celebrate this historical occasion. My thanks to everyone involved in the many activities planned and a massive thanks to all HBBC staff involved in making the events happen and to the volunteers who supported us too - this is certainly a weekend we can all remember.