Dudley Zoo appeals for memories of Queen's visit

Ahead of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, Dudley Zoo and Castle is appealing for memories of her visit to the 11th century castle almost three decades ago.

As part of the Castle Hill attraction’s Jubilee celebrations, staff are hoping to put together an exhibition featuring photos, memories and memorabilia of the day she visited – 24th June, 1994 to open the new Dudley Castle Interpretation Centre and are appealing to members of the public who were at the zoo during the event to get in touch.

DZC Media and Communications Officer, Rachel Hickman, remembers it well as she was among the crowds in the courtyard on the day. She said:

“As part of our zoo Jubilee celebrations, we’re holding a celebratory day on Thursday 2nd June, but we’re also hoping to share some of the memories of the day the Queen visited as part of an exhibition over the weekend and we’re keen to use any stories, photos or memorabilia members of the public may have.

“I was only nine at the time, but I remember the day so well. We managed to stand right at the front of the crowds and had a fantastic vantage point.

“It was a really special day, as not only was it my sister’s birthday, but it was the only time my mum ever let us miss school, but she made us go straight back to the classroom after the Queen left!”

Submissions for the Queen’s visit exhibition can be emailed to memories@dudleyzoo.org.uk or sent to Dudley Zoo and Castle, Castle Hill, Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 4QF before May 22nd.


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