Posted on Tuesday 23rd February 2021
Cllr Philip White
With just over two months until this year’s Staffordshire Day on Saturday 1 May, organisers are asking people to get the date in their diary.
The call comes at the same time as the Prime Minister’s announcement on the easing of lockdown restrictions and the gradual reopening of businesses over the coming weeks and months.
Staffordshire Day, now in its sixth year, celebrates the best of Staffordshire, it’s people, its history, culture and businesses.
Taking centre stage for this year’s celebrations is the first ever Staffordshire Day Film Festival. The event will give both amateur and professional film makers the opportunity to produce their own film featuring connections to the county. People can find out more about the festival along with details of film categories and how to submit their films at https://filmfreeway.com/STAFFORDSHIREDAYFILMFESTIVAL
Other activities will include an online virtual market place on the day to help support the county’s businesses. And, as in previous years, the county's libraries will also be getting involved, with arts and crafts activities, and events exploring the county’s fascinating history.
In addition to planned events, organisers Enjoy Staffordshire and Staffordshire County Council are also keen for people, organisations and businesses to host their own events and come forward with other ideas.
Philip White, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member responsible for tourism at Staffordshire County Council said:
“We all know what a wonderful county Staffordshire is, and 1 May is the day we tell everyone.
“Over the last five years, Staffordshire Day has allowed us to celebrate everything that’s great about our county. From our rich heritage and culture to our stunning locations and places to visit.
“Last year’s celebrations were held virtually because of Covid-19 and were all about bringing people together.
“The recent announcement on the easing of lockdown restrictions is welcome and whatever the situation on 1 May, and whether activities are online again or physical events, we’ll be celebrating the best of our amazing county. So make sure the date is in your diary and stay tuned for some wonderful events.”
Last year’s Staffordshire Day celebrations which were held online because of Covid-19 saw thousands of people join a host of virtual events. Live streamed and pre-recorded poetry readings, art classes, live music and cooking demonstrations were amongst the activities. The finale saw a group video sing-along of the Robbie Williams anthem Angels, to say thank you to the nation’s keyworkers.
“Local businesses also play a huge part in the Staffordshire story, attracting more and more visitors to the county. We hope the day alongside our virtual market can provide a welcome boost for them as they recover from the pandemic.”
The date for Staffordshire Day was chosen by public vote in 2015 and marks the creation of the world-famous Wedgwood pottery company back in 1759.
People and businesses can find out how to get involved at www.enjoystaffordshire.com/staffordshireday on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/enjoystaffs or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/EnjoyStaffs