Pontefract Civic Society has been at the forefront of coordinating over 70 live and online events and activities across the town, which will culminate this weekend with additional attractions and entertainment at the Saturday Jubilee Market, plus other events in various locations across the weekend.

Paul Cartwright, civic society chair said, “this is a first for the civic society in managing additional attractions to sit alongside the market, and I want to thank Wakefield Council for allowing us to work in this way, whilst also paying tribute to our vice chair, Phil Cook, who has worked night and day on pulling the market and the whole Jubilee programme together.”  

The Ambience will stage a Ska music night on Friday, the town hall will be decorated inside for Saturday’s KLH craft fair, and evening 1960’s gig, followed on Sunday by an Afternoon Tea, with the Liquorice Singers and a comedian/compere; excluding the craft fair, these events will support The Prince of Wales Hospice and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

For the Saturday market, 5 Towns Radio will run the entertainment and activities stage, starting with a warmup exercise from Your Space fitness centre, and at 11am Featherstone Male Voice Choir will perform, followed by a 1980’s female vocalist. At 1pm, Tricksy Tom, a family magician will take to the stage, followed by a further signer.

Over lunch, Jubilee Crowns will be judged with Forever After, and several local cafes will be competing in our Jubilee Cake Off. Alongside all that entertainment, there will be barrel organs in Salter Row and Market Place, and a good selection of cars and motorcycles will be exhibited by local enthusiasts all along Beastfair, with two prizes being awarded.

Phil Cook, civic society vice chair said, “the town is decorated thanks to many volunteers and businesses, and we’re looking forward to a great family-friendly weekend. As well, as the market, we hope that our cafes, pubs, and new bars get a slice of the action on this very special weekend. We hope that everyone has a little civic pride in our town and estates with decorated street parties, throughout the Jubilee period and afterwards”.

On Sunday, Friends of Friarwood Valley Gardens will host a ‘bring your own’ picnic from 12 noon till 4pm, with games for young children, and an ice cream vendor, whilst Carleton Grange has a garden party 1-4pm, with a barbecue, stalls and a bouncy castle.

Further detailed Jubilee information will be posted on social media channels @pontefractcivic, and via the Experience Wakefield website.

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