Published: May 30, 2022 | Updated: May 31, 2022

Hang up the bunting! Poole BID organises host of events for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

By Andrew Diprose, editor

A week-long programme of street entertainment and events has been organised by Poole BID in support of the town’s celebration of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

It started on Saturday with a Jubilee Window Display Competition.

Shops on the High Street are encouraged to get involved and decorate their business windows to celebrate the Jubilee.

The competition is in conjunction with Hot Radio.

People are encouraged to visit Poole and vote for their winner on the Hot Radio website by clicking here.

The shop with the winning display will be awarded a Hot Radio advertising campaign for their business, up to the value of £1,355.

This includes both air time and advert creation.

Members of the public who vote in the competition will be entered into a draw for the chance to win £250.

From bank holiday Thursday to Sunday June 5 a portable LED screen will be erected in Falkland Square showing Jubilee events, including The Queen’s Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour) on Thursday and the Service of Thanksgiving for The Queen’s reign the following day.

From 11am on Saturday, June 4, live acts will perform on the entertainment stage in Falkland Square.

Visitors to the Dolphin Centre will also be able to write a letter of congratulations to The Queen and post it in the Jubilee Post Box which will be located outside Gather in the centre.

On Sunday, entertainment continues with a Jubilee Street Singalong as local artists perform through the High Street from Falkland Square to the Slug & Lettuce.

There will also be street entertainers including stilt walkers and magic acts.

For the kids a circus workshop will be hosted by local children’s entertainer, Jamie Jigsaw, and there will be free face painting for the under 12s by Poole-based Diamond Faces Face Painting.

Jeanette Walsh, a Poole BID Director, pictured left, said: “While we appreciate that many people may be holding their own street parties during the long bank holiday weekend, we wanted to ensure that visitors and businesses to our High Street could join in with the celebrations.

“We are particularly proud that 80 per cent of the overall cost of this one-off event has been funded by a successful ARG (Additional Restrictions Grant) application which will ensure budget remains for regular ongoing event and entertainment support.”

The Platinum Jubilee Celebration initiative is part of Poole BID’s Promote programme, the focus of which is to support events that attract visitors to the town which in turn benefits businesses within the BID area.

Upcoming BID funded events to promote Poole town centre include Street Music Poole which takes place every weekend from May until August throughout the BID area as well as support of Harry Paye Day on Poole Quay on Saturday June 18.

Further information can be found on the Poole BID Facebook page.