Townsfolk at Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge, Shropshire will be celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of their much-loved Queen Victoria with great style, pomp and pageantry over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend from Saturday 2nd to Tuesday 5th June. Each day will be a fitting tribute to the gracious lady’s long reign with an extravaganza of colour, music and entertainment, while the town will be decorated in patriotic fashion.
A highlight will be the daily concert on The Green in Her Majesty’s honour with patriotic entertainment, including bagpipe players and drummers from the Seaforth Highlanders band in full Scottish costume (Saturday – Monday only) and the Wellington Brass Band. There will also be moving mime performances from the Kaleidoscope Theatre Company, while the Prince Albert Players, a small company of strolling players, will perform scenes from novels by Charles Dickens.
An impressive collection of vintage bicycles, including the famous High Bicycle (or Penny Farthing), will be ridden around the town by the March Cycle Club and there will be a lively sing-a-long in the New Inn pub. You can also meet ‘Victorian soldiers’ from the Ibutho Living History Group who will talk about the Anglo-Zulu war and military life in the late 1870s.