Birmingham will be awash with 1950s nostalgia during the four-day celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in June.
Plans unveiled by Birmingham City Council include vintage parades, period music in the city centre and 50s themed entertainments at the annual Spring Festival in Cannon Hill Park.
Taking place between June 2 and 5, celebrations will take place across the city with community ‘Jubilee Big Lunches’ being held on June 3.
One of the special lunches will be held in the grounds of St Philip’s Cathedral.
The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra will also perform a special concert at Symphony Hall with music from Elgar, Britten and William Walton.
The Lord Mayor’s Show, which will welcome Coun John Lines into the role and bid farewell to outgoing Lord Mayor Coun Anita Ward, will also mark 60 years since the Queen’s coronation.
The Birmingham Pride weekend will be kicked off on June 3 with a flamboyant procession from Victoria Square to the Gay Village in Hurst Street.
The annual Book Bash at Aston Hall will also get into a Jubilee mood on June 4 and 5 as characters from Alice In Wonderland recreate the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.
The official Jubilee thanksgiving service from St Paul’s will be screened in Victoria Square, while a star-studded concert from Buckingham Palace will also be broadcast.
As well as official events hundreds of street parties are expected to be organised in a repeat of last year’s celebrations of the royal wedding between Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton.
*For more information on events and how to organise your own street party visit www.birmingham.gov.uk/bigjubileecelebrations