Rural Winchester helps the district retain its crown as ‘one England’s most patriotic Cities’

Press Release: 22/05/2012

Bunting in Winchester

During the period of the Royal wedding celebrations in 2011, Winchester was named ‘one of England’s most patriotic cities’ and this looks to be the case once more as 47 street party applications have been approved and over 30 events organised by Parish Councils and community associations are in their final stage of development.

Union Jack bunting erected by Winchester BID has transformed the city centre to herald the launch of the Best of British Festival this Friday with the ‘Questions to the Broadcasters’ event in Winchester Guildhall. But enthusiasm for the Jubilee is a district-wide phenomenon - throughout the more rural areas of the Winchester District final preparations are being made to a series of events to celebrate The Queen’s 60 year monarchy.

Councillor Patricia Stallard, Winchester City Council’s Portfolio holder for Communities, Culture, Heritage & Sport commented,

We are once again indebted to our wonderful Parish Councils who have wholeheartedly got behind this unique occasion to organise a series of events for their communities. It really is going to be a very special weekend in the Winchester District.”

Residents of Littleton and Harestock, Droxford, Bishops Waltham, Micheldever, Martyr Worthy, Denmead, Boarhunt, Knowle, Otterbourne and Hursley amongst others will be rolling out the bunting. There will be entertainment, live music, stallholders, games and perhaps a raised glass or two. For more information about all of these events please go to  www.winchester2012.co.uk

District residents can also opt into a city-based celebration with 2 events taking place on 2 and 3 June at Guildhall Winchester and on The Broadway. A showcase of local talent will begin at 6pm on Saturday night (tickets from £7.50) and a free ‘Street Party Fit for a Queen’ between 12-5pm on the Sunday. For ticket information for the Jubilate events please see  www.jubilatewinchester.co.uk