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Crowning glory – Old Market Square gets dressed for the Jubilee

Nottingham City Council has partnered with major local employer Capital One, and with Nottingham BID to announce plans to fill the Old Market Square with jubilee colour.

From Wednesday 1 June, a replica Coronation crown measuring 4.2m wide x 3.8m high will adorn the front of Nottingham’s Council House. Inspiration for the crown has come from an image used in the photo exhibition of Old Market Square in 1953, when it was elaborately dressed for the Coronation.

The crown has been constructed by Nottingham-based scenic artists Makers.UK, with over 30 years of experience in art fabrication and model-making. The crown is made of painted fibreglass over sculpted polystyrene bonded to plywood and has taken approximately a month to recreate.

Below, in Old Market Square a giant floral jubilee-themed 70 will be created with over 5,100 silver, blue and purple plants.

Covering a total surface area of 57m, all the plants were grown at the city’s Woodthorpe Park Nurseries, where they have been nurtured in glasshouses since mid-March. Plant varieties include Heliotrope, Petunia, Surfinia, Verbena, Calibrachoa, Festuca, Lavendula, Athyrium, and Tradescantia.

Post-installation, on 10 June, all the plants will be bought back to Woodthorpe Park Plant Shop to be sold to customers with some to be donated to local care homes for the elderly.

A representative from Nottingham City Council said: “It is important for Nottingham to mark such a unique occasion as the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. It is wonderful that our own award-winning team at Woodthorpe Park has been able to support with the planting of a giant floral display and that we have been able to work with such a talented local company to create the crown. I would also like to thank our sponsors for their valued support on this event.”

Rupert MacInnes, Chief Counsel and Head of Legal, Compliance & External Affairs at Capital One UK said: “As a major local employer, we are very pleased and proud to be able to support Nottingham City Council to commemorate such an important occasion. We hope residents and visitors will have the chance over the Jubilee weekend to view and capture their own memories of this very special event.”

Alex Flint, CEO of city centre alliance, Nottingham BID commented: “We are really looking forward to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations and playing our part in helping Nottingham celebrate this prestigious occasion.”

For the latest information on Platinum Jubilee events and activities please check https://www.visit-nottinghamshire.co.uk/whats-on/queens-platinum-jubilee-nottingham-city-events-p838801 or look for updates on the listings for Nottinghamshire at: https://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/get-involved/platinum-jubilee/nottinghamshire-events.

Photo/interview opportunity:

PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE: Was Friday 27 May: from 12 noon
NEW DATE: Wednesday 1 June from 4:30pm

  • Sponsors of the exhibition along with The Lord Mayor of Nottingham will be viewing the exhibition in Old Market Square ahead of its opening to the public in the afternoon
  • If you are planning to attend, please contact donna.marshall@nottinghamcity.gov.uk
  • Images from the exhibition can be made available on request, after the opening

Posted on 26 May 2022

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