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Schools and colleges invited to join county’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations

The invitation has gone out to pupils and students at the county’s schools and colleges to “get involved” and make this year’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations something to remember.

On Wednesday, July 11, Herefordshire will welcome the Queen as part of her tour of the country to mark her Diamond Jubilee.

During the day, Hereford’s King George V playing fields are set to explode with the sights and sounds of all that is good and great about Herefordshire, with the whole county invited to get involved.

The sparkling celebration will reflect life in the county during the past 60 years and blend this with a taste of life in the 21st century and beyond.

To ensure the county’s children and young people can get involved, activity packs have been produced and distributed to all schools and colleges this week.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime event and while some of us may be old enough to remember the Queen’s coronation, our children certainly won’t so these education packs are really key to help them understand the importance and significance of the celebrations,” said Lady Darnley, the Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire.

The packs are aimed at headteachers, principals and teachers and gives them a valuable resource to enable them to work with the children to help them understand the role of the monarchy and the Commonwealth and to introduce them to ways they can each get involved in the celebrations both as a school and as individuals.

“This includes the suggestion to create a time capsule and details of awards which will be presented to schools and colleges for students who have given outstanding service,” added Lady Darnley.

The packs have sections aimed at different age groups and include details of how to organise a community games event.

“The prospect of seeing our children and young people representing their schools, colleges and communities at Herefordshire Diamond Day event on the King George V playing fields in Hereford is very exciting and I hope as many as possible will want to take part.

“July 11 is going to be a day like no other with fun and activities throughout the day. We’re after contributions to the performance arena – which will involve music, drama, dance and other performances. We want to hear from any groups which could take to the stage – details are in the pack,” said Lady Darnley.

The schools pack is also available to download from the Herefordshire Diamond Day website – www.herefordshirediamondday.co.uk