THE BUNTING is being hung with care and hopes are high the sun will shine as Solihull gets ready to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Whether you get into the spirit of the occasion, or just want to enjoy the extended bank holiday, there are scores of things to do in the borough between Thursday, June 2, and Sunday, June 5, to mark Her Majesty’s 70 years on the throne.
Residents and organisations have planned a weekend of food, drink, music and fun activities both day and night.
Elmdon Park will be among more than 1,500 places lighting beacons throughout the UK, Channel Islands on Thursday, June 2 to get the festivities under way.
Before the Beacon is lit there will be a church service at Elmdon Church at 7.45pm, followed by refreshments.
After the church service there will be readings and music.
Anyone who wants to attend the beacon lighting should to arrive at 8.30pm at the earliest ready for the lighting at 9.45pm.
A Jubilee Picnic In The Park will be held at Lavender Hall Park in Balsall Common on Friday, June 3, from 4pm until 9pm.
The free event will see live music and there will also be food stalls.
On Saturday, June 4, Solihull BID has organised a celebration in Solihull town centre including tea and cake with borough Mayor Councillor Ken Meeson and a Best Dressed Dog competition.
A community celebration will also be held at the Jubilee Centre in Balsall Common on Saturday.
From 10.30am until noon then from 2pm until 5pm at the Station Road hall there will be hot drinks and cakes plus a children’s decorated crown competition.
Castle Bromwich Historic Gardens will host a Jubilee Cream Tea Party on Sunday, June 5, from 1pm to 4pm with music, craft activities and Cream Teas in a Box for £5.
Music will fill Mell Square on Thursday from 11am to 2.45pm, Friday from noon until 3.30pm and Saturday from 11.45am until 4.45pm.
There will also be a Royal Market held in Mell Square on Thursday and Friday from 9am to 5pm with extra market traders on the High Street and Mill Lane on Saturday, from 9am to 5pm.
Solihull Council says it is too late to apply for a Street Party and road closure but says residents can hold a Street Meet on private land if no pavements or roads are obstructed.