Tamworth will be going all out as part of celebrations to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday this spring and the town’s residents, school children, groups and businesses are being invited to help make it a royal knees up to remember.

A variety of events will be taking place in honour of the Queen’s official birthday in June, including a street party, photographic competition and a unique proms-style concert in the church – and help is now needed to make sure the town looks the part.

Tamworth’s Town Team has launched an ambitious project to create community bunting which can be strung up in shop windows throughout the town centre and it is hoped people will contribute towards it by designing their own individual pennants.

The bunting will be on display for the whole of June before being moved to St Editha’s Church for the proms concert on July 2.

Pennants should be 10.5 inches wide and 15.5 inches in length to the tip and ideally have a royal theme. Fabric or a durable material is best, although the bunting will be hung indoors and protected from the elements.

The project is being supported by Tamworth businesses The Sewcial Studio, based in Watling Street, Wilnecote, and RosieJo Creations of Created in Tamworth in Market Street, where people can get help and advice on making their own pennant.

More than 30 pennants have already been prepared under the guidance of Amanda Wyatt at The Sewcial Studio during a special open day workshop which saw everyone from complete beginners to more seasoned sewers creating pieces for the community project.

Amanda turned her hobby into a business when she opened The Sewcial Studio sewing school, fabric shop and haberdashery last October, offering various workshops and sessions to help people of all abilities develop the skill.

Additional pennant-making workshops will be held by Josie Mason of RosieJo Creations in Created in Tamworth on Saturday, April 23 and Saturday, April 30. Jo will be on hand between 11am and 3pm to help anyone of any age or ability who wants to drop in and make a pennant. Workshops are free to attend and there will be the opportunity to purchase a selection of fabrics at cost price.

Samantha Panton of Roasters, who chairs the Tamworth Town Team, said: “There’s quite a lot happening in Tamworth to celebrate the Queen’s milestone 90th birthday and it would be lovely to see the whole town coming together to go all out for the occasion.

“We are hoping that lots of people have a go at designing pennants for the bunting which will then be strung together and hung up pride of place in shop windows for people to look at and admire as a feature in its own right. This means we will also be looking for businesses who would like to display bunting.

“Whether a dab hand at sewing, or a complete novice, we would encourage everyone to get involved in this fantastic community project. We have the help of two great experts in the form of Amanda Wyatt and Josie Mason for anyone who would like some assistance.

“The workshops at Created in Tamworth will provide a great opportunity for people to learn a new skill or take part in a fun family activity before seeing their work proudly displayed throughout the town.”

Pennants need to be handed in to The Sewcial Studio or Created in Tamworth by Friday, May 13, ready to be strung together and hung up during June. Actual size templates to work from can be downloaded at www.thesewcialstudio.co.uk. Amanda at The Sewcial Studio will be seeking volunteers to help string all the pennants together in a few weeks. Please check https://www.facebook.com/Wear.A.Wyatt/ for details.

Street party

The bunting will help provide a fitting backdrop to a street party celebration in St Editha’s Square being planned by St Editha’s Church on Sunday, June 12, following the Queen’s official birthday on June 11.

People are invited to join the celebrations as the market square is transformed into a huge picnic area with tables, chairs and entertainment. Some tea, coffee, cakes and sandwiches will be provided, but party goers are invited to bring their own food along to the event, between 2pm and 4pm.

Photographic competition

The church has also launched a photographic competition open to all amateur photographers and featuring a variety of categories, including royal pictures, Tamworth’s heritage, sport and leisure, ‘in the garden’, ‘pets at home’, ‘in the countryside’, plus a special category for entrants under 12.

Prints must be a maximum size of 8 inches by 10 inches and mounted on paper, not card. People can submit five prints per category at a cost of £1 per entry.

Entries can be sent to St Editha’s Parish Office, 29 Church Street, Tamworth, B79 7BX, or hand delivered with the appropriate fee before June 3. Photographs will be displayed in St Editha’s Church Hall on Saturday, June 11, between 11am and 3pm, ahead of prize giving at 3pm. Contact St Editha’s Church on 01827 68339 for more information.

Royal proms

The birthday festivities will be rounded off in style with a huge proms style concert with a twist in St Editha’s Church on Saturday, July 2.

The ‘Unfinished Symphony’ is being organised by Tamworth-based event organiser Paul Brindley and though it will feature a traditional-looking orchestra, the concert and music will be anything but.

Audiences will be treated to songs from each of the nine decades since the Queen’s birth, as well as classic prom-style favourites, all accompanied by cutting edge projection screens and lighting displays.

Proceeds from the concert will be donated to St Giles Hospice and the St Editha’s Church restoration fund. Tickets are priced at £10 each and will go on sale soon. Keep an eye out on the event’s Facebook page for more details. https://www.facebook.com/UnfinishedSymphonyMusic/?fref=ts