New festival to launch for Queen’s 90th

Members of the South Kirkby Renaissance Brass Band will perform to kick off the three day celebration.
Members of the South Kirkby Renaissance Brass Band will perform to kick off the three day celebration.

A three day community festival will take place in South Kirkby to coincide with The Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations.

South Kirkby and Moorthorpe Town Council will launch the new event for the first time tomorrow night, as Her Majesty begins her official birthday festivities.

And it hopes the festival will become an annual community event, replacing the former Civic Sunday parade and celebrations.

David Mothershaw, town council leader, said: “We have moved on from the Civic Sunday celebration which we have had for years and years.

“We have looked at what people in the community have been saying they wanted and through this new community festival, believe we have catered for all generations.

“It is going to be a real family event with a great atmosphere, bringing the community together. We hope we will get positive feedback and more ideas to move the event forward next year. I am hoping the weather stays fine and we get a fantastic turnout.”

The festival kicks off with a brass band concert tomorrow night at The Grove Hall.

Saturday’s entertainment will take place at the town’s recreation park at Barnsley Road. There will be a food festival and gala with am ‘It’s A Knockout’ competition on an inflatable assault course, a fun fair, soft play area, drumming workshops, stalls and shows. Other attractions include a bucking bronco, majorette performances and a disco tent.

The weekend of entertainment finishes on Sunday with a party in the park event, featuring live music and performances.

Joanne Lockett, who has helped to organise the festival, said: ”It’s going to be lots of fun for people of all ages. We have something for everybody.”