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The Queen's Golden Jubilee Celebrated

             in Pelsall Village 2002

In 1887, Pelsall village celebrated Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee on Pelsall Common.

In 2002, it was our turn to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's Golden Jubilee, and what a fun time we all had.  I was delighted to be able to record all events which took place in Pelsall at that time which is published in my book, The Queen's Golden Jubilee Celebrated in Pelsall Village 2002 which captured the spirit of Jubilee events taking place in Pelsall village.

Shortly before the event we had been chosen as a Rose Village to celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee.  Pelsall village was one of only seven Rose Village's in the UK to celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee.

200 rose bushes were chosen by the Friends of Pelsall Common and were supplied free of charge by the Royal National Rose Society.

Friends of Pelsall Common chose sites for the beds and evenly distributed them around the village.  Offers of help came from the Scouts, the Carnival Committee, St Michael's Church and Walsall Council Officers.

Planting sites were located at Autumn Close, Coronation Road, The Memorial Gardens, St Michael's Church, Allen's Lane, Shortlands Lane and the Fingerpost.

The Queen's Golden Jubilee was celebrated almost everywhere in Pelsall, even staff and residents of Pelsall Hall joined in.

Vibrant street parties were held at Autumn Close, Excelsior Grove, Nest Common, St Anthony's Drive, Twin Crescents, Walter Street and Woodlands Crescent.

Pelsall Cricket Club celebrated to together with The Free Trade Inn, whose landlord opened the doors to local street party parcipants when the heavens opened.

Shops and houses also proudly celebrated the events and local schools including Ryders Hayes Primary School, St Michael's Primary School, Pelsall Village School and Kiddiwinks Nursery joined the party.

A Musical Celebration to commemorate the Queen's Jubilee was held at Walsall Town Hall.

With great pride in our village, that year we also dedicated our Pelsall Carnival which became officially known as, Pelsall's Golden Jubilee Carnival.

I hope the photographs on the following pages will serve as a fond memory of the events of the day.

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