Gloucester gets ready to celebrate the Coronation

Gloucester will turn red, white and blue to celebrate the Coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort in May.

The city will be dressed in Union Jack flags and bunting over the Coronation weekend with Kings Square lit up in the three colours of the flag.

Gloucester will also uphold its century-old tradition of presenting a lamprey pie to the new monarch, although the pie has now been updated and is based on the Gloucester Pie, usually made with pork or lamb.

It will be baked by students from National Star and presented by the Mayor of Gloucester, Councillor Howard Hyman to the Lord Lieutenant on Thursday, April 27 at the Folk of Gloucester

Families who visit the city on the Coronation weekend can also enjoy the Museum of Gloucester’s ‘A Right Royal Trail’, which will highlight items in the museum’s collection with royal links and have fun dressing up too.

The museum will also run a crown making activity and afternoon tea will be available on Sunday, May 7. 

While multi-award winning venue Blackfriars will be screening the Coronation live on Saturday, May 6 at its craft gin festival, The Gin To My Tonic Craft Spirit.

The city council is also organising a volunteer litter pick as part of the Big Help Out, which will see organisations around the country marking the Coronation by making a difference in their community.

Residents are being encouraged to take part in the litter pick on the national bank holiday on Monday, May 8 at Robinswood Hill from 10am – midday. Litter picking equipment will be provided.

Anyone not able to attend but who still wants to get involved in the Big Help Out should visit Go Volunteer Glos which has information about volunteering opportunities around the county.

Councillor Richard Cook, Leader of Gloucester City Council, said: “This is a historic event and a fantastic opportunity for people to get together and celebrate, as well as helping each other and our community through volunteering. God save the King!”