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Loughborough's Big Birthday a Massive Success!

Loughborough's Big Birthday a Massive Success!

Sat 25th June, 2016 by Charnwood Arts

The biggest birthday bash Loughborough has ever seen took place on the weekend of Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th June when Loughborough's Big Birthday celebrated the town, our achievements, our friends and our communities.

The party kickied off with Loughborough's favourite family fun day out Picnic In The Park, which returned to Queen’s Park on Saturday 25th June from 12 noon to 5.00pm with over 40 stalls and five performance areas.

This year’s event included a special visit by the Salt Simmerers from our twin town of Schwabisch-Hall in Germany, old favourites like Bill Brookman fresh from "Britain’s Got Talent" and well known local bands such as Ska-Amanga and Kelly’s Heroes. There was also an opportunity to hear a host of other local musicians through the Market Town project, dancers from a range of different cultures and some exciting surprises too!

One of the main attractions was "The Ludd Hub", where a range of activities took place throughout the day to mark the 200 years since the Luddite riot occurred in Loughborough. This included the launch of a march to Tiverton, following in the footsteps of factory owner John Heathcote after the raid forced him out of Loughborough to Devon.

Loughborough's Big Birthday continued into Sunday 26th June celebrating a whole host of Loughborough birthdays.

Not only is Charnwood Arts 40 years old this year, but Loughborough's twinning links with Epinal celebrate their 60th birthday and those with Schwabisch-Hall their 50th.

John Storer House becomes 50 this year and it is also half a century since we could call ourselves a University town. 2016 sees the centenary of the Zeppelin raid on Loughborough and there will be continuing commemorations of the First World War.

But it doesn't stop there. Rosebery St Peter's Community Centre is 50 years old this year; the Geeta Bhawan Centre is 40; Taylor's Bell Foundry Museum chalks up 30 years and the Loughborough Council of Faiths celebrates its 20th birthday.

Add to that the national celebrations of the Queen's 90th birthday and the half-century of England winning the World Cup and you can see why Loughborough's Big Birthday really was something special.

The celebrations got started in Loughborough Market Place on Sunday June 26th from 11.30am to 1.30pm. There was another chance to see the Salt Simmerers and they were joined by a host of other acts and performers. There was a Carillon Recital at 1.00pm and a concert in Queen’s Park by the Melbourne Town Band at 2.00pm.

This two day extravaganza was a resounding success, making Loughborough's Big Birthday the biggest weekend seen in Loughborough for a very long time!

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