Rotherham town centre turns back the clock

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ROTHERHAM will step back in time for its Diamond Jubilee celebrations – and officials are encouraging locals to get involved.

On Saturday, June 2, the town’s main shopping area is set to be transformed into a 1950s style street party complete with a static display of vehicles from the era, street art, a travelling show and a vintage market.

The council’s ‘official’ Jubilee celebration event, to take place between 10am and 3pm, will see hundreds of tables and chairs lining the town centre streets.

On Sunday, June 3, there will be a Big Jubilee Lunch in the town. Children will be at the heart of the celebrations, with entertainment including traditional fairground rides and face painting. Rotherham District Scouts will lend a helping hand organising games from the 1950s.

The day will feature songs, dance and a variety entertainment show plus traditional tea dancing.

Rotherham Council cabinet member for town centres Coun Gerald Smith said: “The town centre will be adorned with hundreds of metres of Union Jack bunting. With so much colour and animation, and set within the pleasant and vibrant surrounding of Rotherham town centre, the event is set to draw huge crowds to celebrate this once in a lifetime event.” Events manager Marie Hayes added: “We are looking for groups who would be happy to perform. This could be in the form of music, dance or workshops but we are open to suggestions, large or small.” Call 01709 336 948.

The council is also inviting residents around Rotherham to apply to hold street parties. Log onto and search ‘Jubilee’ or call 01709 822 930 for an application form.