King Charles’ coronation will be celebrated with more than 40 free public attractions in Brixham – including musical events across the bank holiday weekend.
“It’s an opportunity for everyone to celebrate the best in our country. The main arena of the five days of celebrations will be Brixham Town Square directly behind the town’s main bus station,” said John Brennan, chair of celebration organisers Brixham Future Community Interest Company (CIC).
“There will be different events, displays and activities including music, concerts, films, dancing, sing-a-longs, parades, a church service, library and museum displays, quizzes and socials.
“What can be a better way to celebrate in Brixham the coronation of King Charles III than a musical extravagance?”
To deliver the celebrations, Brixham Future has teamed up with Brixham Museum, Brixham Library, the Royal British Legion, the Royal Naval Association, South Devon Players, Riviera Singers, Quay Harmony, Brixham Chamber of Commerce, Middle Street Traders, Christians Together in Brixham, Brixham Rotary Club, Brixham Probus Club, Brixham Yacht Club, plus Baptist and Methodist Churches and numerous other groups.
Local businesses will join in with window displays, shops and cafe special offers. It is hoped that individual streets will organise their own local street parties to create ‘a memorable, historic occasion for everyone to enjoy’.
King Charles III’s coronation will be on Saturday, May 6, and will be shown live in the Brixham Theatre cinema between 10.30am and 2pm.
The Brixham Community Parade will take place on bank holiday, Monday, May 8. The parade will be led by a pipe and drums band. In the Town Square at 11am, a short service of thanksgiving will take place with community singing at 11.30am. Numerous local groups will take part.
At 12.30pm, the coronation cake will be cut and distributed in the Methodist Centre, Fore Street. Afterwards in the Town Square at 2pm, there will be a coronation fashion parade to which all are welcome to enter. Prizes will be presented to the winners.
There will be a special coronation thanksgiving service on Sunday, May 7, at All Saints’ Church from 7pm with a cup of tea or coffee afterwards. The King will be represented by the Lord Lieutenant of Devon.
The Riviera Singers will be performing a selection of 1960s music in a tribute concert with two free performances in the Methodist Chapel in Fore Street on Thursday, May 4, and Friday, May 5, between 4pm and 5pm.