From Spitfire flypasts to cherry tree planting: Rotherham's Coronation celebrations in pictures

ROTHERHAM turned red, white and blue as the borough’s enjoyed a right royal celebration weekend.

The Union Flag could be seen proudly displayed on cakes, hats, T-shirts and party dresses at a host of events organised to mark the monarchical milestone of King Charles III being crowned at Westminster Abbey on Saturday.

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Schools across town got into the spirit by encouraging pupils to wear the national colours and around 10,300 kids at tea parties, picnics and “royal banquets” enjoyed a special menu thanks to Rotherham Council’s catering service — many of them wearing crowns they had made during the morning.

There was a touch of nostalgia at St Ann’s Junior School, where chair of governors and former pupil Chris Peters brought along the mug she was given by the school to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953.

She is donating the mug to the school, along with other coronation memorabilia, including a cup, saucer and plate and an Edward VIII coronation mug.

Further afield, Rotherham played its own small part in the main celebrations, with Brinsworth’s Charlie Holder and his family joining the crowds on The Mall and St John Ambulance volunteers Jay Hughes and Michelle Hartley among the audience at the Coronation Concert at Windsor Castle on Sunday.

Thurcroft Primary Academy will have a permanent reminder of the landmark day as they planted a cherry tree in the school grounds, which had been donated by clerical assistant Julie Windle and was planted by the school’s “eco warrior team”.

Care home residents took the chance to chance, with many at Ladyfield House in Kiveton Park holding a musical coronation party.

Villages across Rotherham held their own coronation events, with Wickersley’s gala featuring a flypast by a Spitfire and Brinsworth holding a firework display.

The Mayor of Rotherham, Cllr Tajamal Khan, was the guest of honour in the town centre events, where a screening of the ceremony at Rotherham Minster and music, games, magic and crafts provided entertainment spread across Minster Gardens, All Saints’ Square and Rotherham Markets.

Visit https://tinyurl.com/RotherhamCoronation to see our photo gallery from the day. We’d love to receive your photos from coronation parties and events — send them to [email protected] or find us on Facebook at the Rotherham Advertiser page.