Nantwich Platinum Jubilee Displays are Fit For a Queen!

Article and Photographs: Jonathan White

Nantwich shopkeepers and local schoolchildren have produced an outstanding range of regal window displays and frontages for the Queen, as Her Majesty is the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Realms and the Commonwealth.

Union Jack door bow at Missy’s Beauty on Pillory Street (photograph: Jonathan White)

The displays all have a red, white and blue theme and include Union Jack flags, The Royal Standard of the United Kingdom flags, Platinum Jubilee flags, door bows, balloons, clothes, Corgi dogs, Queen’s Guard soldiers, the Queen’s crown & orb and portraits of Her Majesty. Union Jack bunting stretches across the width of the road on High Street, Pillory Street, and Pepper Street.

Several of the many impressive window displays featured the creative talents of local young people as part of the Nantwich Educational Partnership, retailers and the town’s Museum who joined together to create a commemorative walking trail with a timeline to celebrate the Queen’s 70 years of service over the decades.

Schools involved are Acton Primary School, Audlem St James Primary, The Berkeley Primary, Brine Leas Secondary, Bridgemere Primary, Calveley Primary, Highfields Academy, Millfields Primary, Malbank Secondary, Nantwich Primary Academy, Pear Tree Primary, St Annes Primary, Stapeley Broad Lane Primary, Sound and District Primary, Weaver Primary, Willaston Primary and Wrenbury Primary.

The time period/premises in the Nantwich Jubilee Timeline are The Coronation (Chic Interiors), 1950s (Nantwich Museum), 1960s (Oxley’s Funeral Directors), 1970s (Pockets), 1980s (Ginger & Pickles Café), 1990s (Brookshaw’s Butchers), 2000-2010 (The Cheese Shop), 2010-2020 (Jepsons), and The Platinum Jubilee (AT Welch).

The walking trail includes a variety of writing, poetry, craftwork, and artwork. The final window display is a Platinum Jubilee arrangement at AT Welch contains scale-models of notable Nantwich buildings along with a street party gathering around a replica of the Platinum Jubilee beacon of light.

Platinum Jubilee Celebrations organised by Nantwich Town Council in Nantwich are:

  • Thursday 2nd June: Beacon Lighting on the Town Square (9:45pm).
  • Saturday 4th June: Jubilee Community Tea Party in the Town Centre – Artisan Market (9am-3pm), free Tea/Coffee & Biscuit/Cake outside Parish Rooms (12-2pm), free Chatwins gingerbread biscuits for children, free bouncy castle & face painting (12-2pm), free Jubilee bags at Nantwich Market, tombolas & craft stalls at St Mary’s Nantwich, ‘Royal Train’ at the Methodist Church. 

Platinum Jubilee Celebrations at nearby St Mary’s Church, Acton are: 

  • Saturday 4th June (10.30am to 4.30pm) – Platinum Jubilee themed exhibition – free entry – will illustrate key events throughout Her Majesty’s 70 year reign and will feature fashions, hats, wedding dresses, Prime Ministers, Queen’s crown jewels, Queen’s soldiers, Queen’s horses, Queen’s pets, Queen’s castles and portraits of the Queen. The exhibits have been made by Acton CE Primary Academy pupils and members of the St Mary’s Acton congregation.
  • Sunday 5th June 2022 (2-5pm) – Platinum Jubilee themed ‘Tea at the Tower’ community café event on Hot drinks and cakes are being served on traditional trestle tables both outside and inside the church. Bunting and flags will adorn the walkways to the church marquee. Bring your own fizz or beer. Donations are gratefully received. All are welcome and there will be a prize for the best Crown (adults & children). Join a game of Rounders at 3pm.