Abigail Nicholls Jessica Jones and Nikki Rolls with bunting

Bloxwich brings the Diamond Jubilee

Abigail Nicholls Jessica Jones and Nikki Rolls with bunting

Saturday shoppers in Bloxwich enjoyed a local flavour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee yesterday as Bloxwich Business Partnership, Walsall Council and local organisations brought a second day of right Royal celebrations into the village.

Despite the grey and windy weather, Bloxwich folk young and old alike were able to get a real sense of the national Royal occasion thanks to hundreds of yards of colourful bunting, much of it hand made by local schools, which fluttered everywhere, and the numerous inviting High Street shops with their specially decorated Diamond Jubilee windows, many of which were entered in a special competition, as well as local pubs.

Diamond Jubilee window by Children and Baby Shop for Life
Diamond Jubilee window by Children and Baby Shop for Life
Jeneve Bridal Wear's Diamond Jubilee window
Jeneve Bridal Wear’s Diamond Jubilee window
Diamond Jubilee window and plants by Hearts and Flowers
Diamond Jubilee window and plants by Hearts and Flowers

Bloxwich is well-known for its many historic local pubs, and several hostelries were decorated for the Diamond Jubilee, notably the Spotted Cow and the legendary Turf Tavern in Wolverhampton Road and the Prince of Wales in High Street.

A bunting-bedecked Spotted Cow in Wolverhampton Rd
A bunting-bedecked Spotted Cow in Wolverhampton Rd
The Turf Tavern in Diamond Jubilee trim
The Turf Tavern in Diamond Jubilee trim
The Prince of Wales
The Prince of Wales

And Nikki Rolls of Walsall Council’s Regeneration department joined present and past Bloxwich Carnival Queens Abigail Nicholls and Jessica Jones in hanging hand-made bunting along the railings of the Promenade Gardens (see picture at top of page), as well as spending much of the day travelling up and down the High Street and round the Market Square handing out Bostin Bloxwich booklets and chatting to shoppers and local youngsters.

Very busy on the Rotary Club of Bloxwich Phoenix stall in Bloxwich Market
Very busy on the Rotary Club of Bloxwich Phoenix stall in Bloxwich Market

Local charities the Rotary Club of Bloxwich Phoenix and St Giles Walsall Hospice joined the Mirus Academy (of Beechdale) on the market where stalls were decked out in hundred of flags and selling Union Jack-themed goods.

Cllr Shaun Fitzpatrick, Cllr Kath Phillips and Maurice Phillips staffed St Giles Walsall Hospice tombola stall on Bloxwich Market
Cllr Shaun Fitzpatrick, Cllr Kath Phillips and Maurice Phillips staffed St Giles Walsall Hospice tombola stall on Bloxwich Market
Baljit Dutfield, Director of Creative Industries and Partnerships, represents Mirus Academy at Bloxwich Market
Baljit Dutfield, Director of Creative Industries and Partnerships, represents Mirus Academy at Bloxwich Market

Youngsters visiting the market were also not only able to have their faces painted (and adults their nails), but could also meet and have their photos taken with Micky and Minnie Mouse, courtesy of Sweet & Fancy (of Park Rd).

A Union Flag takes shape on a youngster's face on Bloxwich Market
A Union Flag takes shape on a youngster’s face on Bloxwich Market
The patrotic nails of Bloxwich Councillor Kath Philips on Bloxwich Market!
The patrotic nails of Bloxwich Councillor Kath Philips on Bloxwich Market!
Micky and Minnie Mouse meet 2010 Bloxwich Carnival Queen Jessica Jones
Micky and Minnie Mouse meet 2010 Bloxwich Carnival Queen Jessica Jones

Last but not least, seaside donkey rides joined the Council’s ‘Reach Up’ Climbing Frame plus the St Giles Walsall Hospice Cake Stall van in Park Road, where Sweet & Fancy were also selling colourful sweets.

Steve Antill and daughter of Bloxwich Rotary with the seaside donkeys
Steve Antill and daughter of Bloxwich Rotary with the seaside donkeys
Walsall Council's Reach Up climbing frame operated by Jackie Hewitt (right) and colleague
Walsall Council’s Reach Up climbing frame operated by Jackie Hewitt (right) and colleague
St Giles Walsall Hospice and their mobile cake stall in Park Road
St Giles Walsall Hospice and their mobile cake stall in Park Road

The Bloxwich Telegraph braved the blustery conditions to capture the visual flavour of the day’s events, as you can see from this short feature.  For many more pictures, a hundred in total, check out our set for the day on Flickr! FLICKR ALBUM

Numerous other events have and are being held in Bloxwich and distroct over the four-day Diamond Jubilee weekend, please see our events listing vial this link.

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