Top names in music to head bill for Stafford BURH day party

A huge day of celebrations is set to mark the 1100th birthday of Stafford
A huge day of celebrations is set to mark the 1100th birthday of Stafford

Details have begun to emerge on a huge day of celebrations to mark the 1100th birthday of Stafford.

‘Stafford’s Big Burh Day’ is taking place in July with a free open air concert in the town’s Market Square featuring well-known names in the music world as the finale of the day.

Stafford Borough Council bosses are staying tight-lipped about which big names will be performing – although have promised to release details shortly, as well as information on how residents can get hold of the free tickets.

The council has already announced a colourful story telling parade, involving community groups, organisations and businesses parading through the town in the morning. And there will be a local music showcase taking place throughout the afternoon – leading up to the free concert.

The events are part of the celebration of the 1,100 anniversary since Aethelflaed the Lady of the Mercians, daughter of King Alfred the Great, fortified Stafford as a defended settlement. A burh is the old name for a fortified town or other defended site.

The big day is taking place on Saturday 6 July and will be part of this year’s Stafford Festival events.

Councillor Mike Smith, cabinet member for leisure, said:

“This will be an amazing day to mark a very important year in the life of our town and for the town to once again deservedly take its place in the limelight.
“We have seen how well Stafford does celebrations from the incredible turnout for the Olympic Torch relay and the Queen’s Jubilee last year, and I expect this summer to be no exception.
“I would urge our residents to put the date in their diary as this will be one day they will not want to miss out on.”

If you want to take part in the parade go to www.staffordfestival.co.uk. More information on how to get hold of the free tickets and details about the line up will be released very soon.