A time of celebrations

It was great to see that everyone was determined to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee across Staffordshire despite the poor weather on Sunday.

We worked closely with our borough and district colleagues to make sure everyone who wanted to organise a street party did so with the greatest ease, we had applications for over 80 street parties across the county, which is tremendous, I hope everyone involved had a suitably ceremonious day.

It was fantastic to see Staffordshire represented at the River Thames Jubilee Pageant on Sunday with the President narrow boat flying the county flag, I even spotted the President going under Tower Bridge on BBC1.

Principal sponsors of President’s journey along with Michelin, Waterford Wedgwood and St. Modwen, JCB were flying their own Union and Staffordshire Flags at the JCB Academy, after both flags were presented to the majority of Staffordshire schools by the Lord Lieutenant and me to celebrate Diamond Jubilee.

The celebrations came just days after the wonderful Olympic Torch Relay through Stafford Borough which saw our highways team collaborate with the borough council to make it a first rate event. Now we’re looking forward to seeing the torch return to Staffordshire on Saturday June 30, where thousands more people will line the streets and enjoy another momentous occasion.

It was great to see over 100 people turn up to take part in the lighting of the Diamond Jubilee Beacon in my own village of Rocester, and for all of you royal family fans, Shugborough are hosting a captivating selection of photographs of HRH the Queen taken by Patrick Lichfield. It really is worth a look.

It has also been a brilliant two days at the annual County Show despite the inclement June weather, when I bumped into Andrew Griffiths MP for Burton, John Mercer NFU Regional Director and Graham Morley, Principal of South Staffordshire College who were main sponsors of the Show and showcasing the new Rural Enterprise Academy at Rodbaston, opening in September.

This Week is also National Volunteering Week, it plays a huge part in raising the profile of volunteers who regularly contribute to their local communities, while inspiring others to get involved. So if you are a regular committed volunteer for your county or in your local community, this week is time to say thank you and well done. And if you want to get involved, this is the perfect time to find out about volunteering in your area. www.do-it.org.uk/ is a good way to start your search.

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