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Diamond Jubilee ticket giveaway

Posted on Thursday 8th March 2012

Staffordshire County Council celebrates Diamond Jubilee with ticket giveaway to one of the counties most royally connected venues.

Staffordshire County Council is kick starting the celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in style by offering free tickets to Shugborough, one of the counties most royally connected locations.  

The county council is offering the chance for 60 families to have their own ‘Diamond Jubilee Big Lunch’ and enjoy a day out at the Shugborough Estate on Sunday 3 June. Residents can get their hands on tickets for up to five people for free through a public ballot.

Successful ticket winners will be encouraged to bring along a family picnic to coincide with the national Diamond Jubilee Big Lunch celebrations. The tickets are worth £37.50.

Staffordshire County Councillor Pat Corfield, Cabinet Member for Culture, Communities and Customers, said: “All over the UK people will be celebrating the Queen’s glorious 60 years reign. We’re really pleased that Staffordshire’s residents will have the chance to celebrate this momentous occasion in the glorious surroundings of the famous stately home where there are such fantastic royal connections.

“Winning families will be able to see the jubilee exhibition which shows captivating photos of The Queen taken by the late iconic Royal Photographer Patrick Lichfield who lived at the estate and who was also cousin to the Queen. Historic 50’s attire will also be on display from the Coronation years so it will truly be a ‘Diamond Jubilee’ celebration to remember.”

Across the county, residents are also being encouraged to celebrate the occasion in their local communities by planning their own events. A special section of the council website at has been created with lots of ideas as well as plenty of other ways for people to get involved and share the stories about how they plan to celebrate.

If you want to be in with a chance of winning a family ticket for Shugborough on 3 June, any Staffordshire resident can register on-line at between 1 and 30 March. Alternatively telephone 0300 111 8000 or visit a county council reception or libraries for assistance to apply (locations of receptions/libraries listed online or available by phone). Applicants will be selected at random from all those who enter and those who are successful will be informed in April.

Staffordshire will also be playing a significant part in the national festivities, as the steam narrowboat “President” will represent Staffordshire in true civic style in the Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant, the 1000 boat Flotilla on the River Thames in London on 3 June. The boat, part built in Staffordshire, is one of the world’s oldest steam powered canal boats and will take pride of place among boats big and small from across the UK, the Commonwealth and around the world.

The boat will be making three stops in Staffordshire and residents can come to see her in all her glory proudly flying the Staffordshire Knot.

Councillor Corfield continued: “Staffordshire is all set to put the sparkle into the Diamond Jubilee and everyone is invited to celebrate together across the county.”

Further details about all of Staffordshire’s Diamond Jubilee plans and how you can get involved can be found at