Following eight months of collective effort, Pontefract Civic Society and partners created a series of over 70 events and activities which culminated in the Jubilee weekend, though some will live on until the Liquorice Festival.

Paul Cartwright, civic society chair said, “this just goes to prove if you build positive relationships between community organisations, businesses, the education sector, and the council, that great things can be achieved. Not only had we gone to town on events and decorations, our PR output has been constant, which also created for a couple of live interviews on BBC Radio Leeds, and three interviews on GB News last Friday, which put Pontefract on the regional and national map”.  

Over the weekend, Michelle’s Flowers staged two concerts and an Afternoon Tea in aid of The Prince of Wales Hospice.

The Jubilee Market had the additional attractions of vehicles from across the Queen’s reign and earlier, plus Featherstone Male Voice Choir, Tricksy Tom the magician, and the Afternoon Tea had a performance from the Liquorice Singers.

Phil Cook, civic society vice chair said, “I want to thank every single person and organisation involved, without whom, we would not have been able to celebrate in as much style and variety as Pontefract did. After a rest, we will be planning future events”.


74 activities – live, online, private, public some temporary, some permanent reminders, displays, workshops, concerts, afternoon teas, visits, quizzes and car show.

20000 people approximately taking part in Pontefract festivities.

40 or more schools, community groups and businesses gave time or materials to ensure we had a wide and varied programme.

87 flags used in town.

2km of bunting supplied to local bussiness, care homes, community groups, and used for events decorations.

£1,500 raised for The Prince of Wales Hospice.

£220 for Air Ambulnce (maybe more).

15 businesses in town showing Jubilee artwork from schools.

23 schools and groups painting over 30 square metres of boards for the Jubilee arch.

4 kegs of the specially brewed beer drank in The Old Grocer’s over 4 days.

26 vehicles in town for a car show, plus a few small trucks, bikes & scooters.

5000+ people attended the castle on Thursday daytime.

2000 attended the beacon lighting.

10 West Yorkshire Deputy Lieutenants and the Vice Lord Lieutenant and their partners attended an official full day tour of our town.

Over 700 attended the Town Hall Jubilee craft fair.

At least 4 official visits from the Mayor to our Town.

And a big thankyou to all those who helped In any capacity to make our town’s Jubilee a sucess. Well done all.

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