2020 Programme

This page will be updated in due course with more information and programme details for the 2020 celebrations.

From 10:30am Coffee Reception at the Shakespeare Centre for invited guests VIPs, and civic guests assemble at the Shakespeare Centre
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10:40am Primary School groups muster in Waterside, with the ATC Band, and join on behind the KES Parade as it passes along Waterside The primary school parade follows directly behind the KES parade
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10:40am Coventry Corp of Drums forms up in Chapel Lane to lead the KES parade to Holy Trinity Church Processional route: Chapel Lane, Waterside, Bridge Street, High Street, Chapel Street, Church Street and Old Town
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10:50am The West Midlands Fire Service Band (WMFSB) forms up in Henley Street Processional route:  Henley Street, Bridge Street, High Street, Chapel Street, Church Street and Old Town
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10:55am VIPs and civic guests mustered behind the WMFSB in Henley Street adjacent to the Birthplace Marshalled by Town Council Marshals
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11:00am Those wishing to participate in the Parade are mustered in Henley Street behind the VIP’s and civic guests in random order Marshalled by Town
Council Marshals
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11:05am The KES and Primary School parades march off from Waterside through the Bridge Street arena straight to Holy Trinity Church accompanied by the Vicar of Stratford-upon-Avon who leads the parade to the Parish Church Processional route:  Waterside, Bridge Street, High Street, Chapel Street, Church Street and Old Town to Holy Trinity Church
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11:13am           11:15am Mr Shakespeare will leave the Birthplace and greet the Lord Lieutenant.   The WMFSB will strike up and Mr Shakespeare will lead the Procession   The Parade processes down Bridge Street turns at the bottom and makes its way up the other side to pause at the top Processional route:  Henley Street, Bridge Street Marshalled by Town Council Marshals     Bridge Street arena
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        11:20am The Parade arrives in position for the unfurling of the Big Birthday Banner. The Parade halts, but remains in processional formation, in order to witness the unfurling of the Big Birthday Banner (a s106 contribution by the Bird Group), preceded by a fanfare.  The celebratory ‘moment’ will encompass the playing of ‘Happy Birthday’Banner Unfurling Ceremony      

Mr Shakespeare takes upposition on Barclays Bank Roundabout

Fanfare – WMFSBMr Shakespeare assists with the unfurling of the Big Birthday Banner Happy Birthday – WMFS
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11.28am Mr Shakespeare steps down from the rostrum, removes the laurel wreath from the bust of Shakespeare located in front of rostrum and hands it to the Lord Lieutenant who takes it to church Bridge Street arena
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11.30am The WMFSBstrikes up and the Parade leaves Bridge Street to process straight to Holy Trinity Church Processional route:  High Street, Chapel Street, Church Street and Old Town
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Approx. 11:45 am to 12 noon The Parade arrives at Holy Trinity Church Participants in the Parade leave flowers on Shakespeare’s grave   End