Thousands expected to celebrate King’s coronation

Thousands of people are expected to attend a series of showpiece events to watch and celebrate the coronation of Kings Charles III next month.

The West Midlands Combined Authority is providing funding for several giant screenings and other events in towns and cities across the region so people can come together to watch the historic occasion on Saturday 6 May.

And the people of the West Midlands will be represented at the coronation in London’s Westminster Abbey by Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands and chair of the WMCA, who has received and accepted an invitation to attend.

Screens showing the Coronation of Their Majesties The King and The Queen Consort will be set up in both Centenary Square in Birmingham and Himley Hall in Dudley. 

In addition, the WMCA funding, part of more than £1 million made being available by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, will help the City of Wolverhampton Council support a city centre event and give a coronation theme to an arts festival taking place on the day.

It will also allow Walsall Council to enable local celebrations, including street parties, to be staged and to support screenings by community groups and will help Sandwell Council stage a huge free to attend live screening of the Coronation Concert on the Sunday at Sandwell Valley Showground. Claire Dhami, the WMCA’s head of systems change and inclusion, said:

“The coronation will be an historic moment and a wonderful showpiece of British pageantry and tradition so, it’s great to see these big public events taking place. They will bring thousands of people together and help make the coronation an even more memorable occasion.

“I’m also really proud there are so many community members from the West Midlands attending the Royal Garden Parties to commemorate the coronation in line with this year’s themes of celebrating young adults, community, diversity and sustainability.

“But it’s not just about big screenings, or trips to Buckingham palace. Many of our town and city centre events will offer a real party vibe with a wide variety of attractions for all the family including street entertainment, food and music.”

The free event in Birmingham’s Centenary Square will take place on Saturday 6 May and Sunday 7 May and feature a large screen and stage featuring a diverse range of music and dance throughout both days. There will also be a range of food and drink outlets and small children’s rides. The King’s Coronation will be shown on the large screen and it will also show the concert from Windsor Castle on the Sunday.

Dudley Council’s large screening at Himley Hall broadcasting the coronation will be a ‘picnic in the park’ style event and Sandwell Council is staging a similar Coronation Big Lunch picnic with the Mayor at 4pm on Sunday May 7 at Sandwell Valley Showground, West Bromwich followed at 5pm by a live, free to access screening of the King's Coronation Concert.

The Bank Holiday Monday (8 May) will see the Big Help Out take place across the UK. The event will involve thousands of people volunteering to support the causes that matter most to them and pay tribute to the King’s lifetime of service with organisations including the Scouts, Royal Voluntary Service, National Trust and RNLI.


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