Lord Mayor’s Midsummer Show

By on 05/06/2014 in Culture, News
This year's Lord Mayor's Show returns to Victoria and Chamberlain Squares on Saturday 14 June with a fun-packed, midsummer-themed family friendly event from 12 noon until 6pm. 
Lord Mayor of Birmingham Cllr Shafique Shah gets ready for the Lord Mayor's Show with students from the Birmingham Ormiston Academy who will be performing at the show (l-r) Laura Ward, Bradley Layton, Rosanne Zwane, Lauren Kelloway and Zach Hayes.

Lord Mayor of Birmingham Cllr Shafique Shah gets ready for the Lord Mayor's Show with students from the Birmingham Ormiston Academy who will be performing at the show (l-r) Laura Ward, Bradley Layton, Rosanne Zwane, Lauren Kelloway and Zach Hayes.

The annual event, which raises money for the Lord Mayor's charities, welcomes the new Lord Mayor, Cllr Shafique Shah, and bids a fond farewell to the outgoing Lord Mayor, Cllr Mike Leddy.  The show will be opened at 12 noon in front of the main steps of the Council House by the new and outgoing Lord Mayors who will be joined by Lord Mayors and Deputy Lord Mayors from across the West Midlands before touring the city on the Big Brum Open Top Buz.

Current Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr Mike Leddy, said: “It has been a great pleasure serving as Lord Mayor during the past year and this year's Lord Mayor's Show promises to be a lot of fun for the whole family and a wonderful way to celebrate the end of my year.  I look forward to welcoming the incoming Lord Mayor, Cllr Shafique Shah, and would like to invite everyone to join us both at this year's Lord Mayor's Show.”

The afternoon's entertainment includes an outdoor theatre production of Peter Pan and the Lost Boys in Chamberlain Square, 2.30pm - 5pm, by local group Heartbreak Productions, and excerpts from some of Shakespeare's most well-known plays in the Theatre Marquee, Victoria Square, 1 - 1.30pm and 3.15 - 3.45pm, by students from Birmingham Ormiston Academy.

As well as theatrical treats, there will be free craft workshops and face painting in Victoria Square and the Scouts and Guides will have a mini-climbing wall and giant games.  The Theatre Marquee will also have storytelling, magic shows and music by local band R3Action.

Young children can ride donkeys (£2 charge) whilst the over 15s can try their hand at a 3D driving experience on a specially controlled go kart.

In the Council House there's a vintage craft market in The Banqueting Suite and tea, cake and sandwiches will be served throughout the day in The Drawing Room.  There will also be an opportunity to take Tea with the Lord Mayor in The Drawing Room from 2 - 4pm. 

The Council House will welcome visitors to look around the Lord Mayor's Suite, Council Chamber and Chamberlain Room, and meet former Lord Mayors who will be happy to answer questions regarding the Council House and the role of the Lord Mayor in the city.

The Lord Mayor's Charities – which include St Mary's Hospice, Cystic Fibrosis, The Scouts and Guides, Brandwood Centre and the Project for the Regeneration of Druids Heath (PRODH) - will have stalls, as will the Salvation Army.

Media partner BBC WM will bring an interactive studio for the public to experience.

For further information visit events.birmingham.gov.uk/lord-mayors-show-2014

For pics see - 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/birminghamculture/sets/72157645165969503/

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For further media information call Debbie Harrison on 0121 303 34476

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