News Maidstone children join Mayor to celebrate Coronation

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The Mayor of Maidstone was joined by local children at a Traditional Street Party as part of the celebrations of the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III and Her Majesty Queen Camilla.

Maidstone Borough Council (MBC) hosted the event for 150 primary school children outside the Lockmeadow Entertainment Complex ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend on Friday 5 May.  The Street Party included ‘royal’ entertainment, music, a locally produced picnic lunch and each child was given a souvenir memento to keep as a reminder of the historic occasion.

Schools from across the borough of Maidstone were invited by MBC to apply for ten free tickets each to bring some of their Key Stage 2 students to join the Mayor in the celebrations.

The Mayor, Cllr Derek Mortimer said:

I was absolutely delighted to be able to host this very special event of a Traditional Street Party for the children of Maidstone.

Today was arranged by MBC as part of the events to celebrate the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III and Her Majesty Queen Camilla.  I was so pleased that we were able to hold a Civic Event of this kind which saw local children from across our borough get together, enjoy the celebrations and be part of such an important historic event.

The Mayor was also joined by the Mayoress – Mrs Sally Mortimer and the Deputy Lieutenant of Kent - Mr Bill Cockcroft who helped present each child with a Coronation Medal to keep as a reminder of the day.  Entertainment was provided by local theatre group Pretending People and members from the Maidstone Museum learning team helped the children create their own royal crown to take home along with flags as souvenirs.

In addition to the Street Party, the Mayor announced that the area previously known as Town Square outside Lockmeadow was to be renamed as Coronation Square in honour of the special occasion.

MBC also encouraged communities to get together and hold their own Coronation Big Lunch in the parks and open spaces across the borough during the weekend - when neighbours and communities to come together, share food and enjoy the weekend celebrations.

The Council also reminded everyone to take part in The Big Help Out on Bank Holiday Monday and encouraged as many as people as possible to try volunteering for themselves and join the work being undertaken to support their local areas.

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