THIS year’s Staffordshire Day extravaganza is set to take place over a week to give as many people as possible the chance to get involved.
As the official Staffordshire Day (1st May) will fall on a Tuesday, coordinators Destination Staffordshire, working with Staffordshire County Council and other local authorities on the programme, have extended the celebrations.
They will now begin the weekend before Staffordshire Day, on Saturday 28th April, and run until the weekend after – Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th May.
It is hoped this will give people the opportunity to tell the world why they love Staffordshire, even if they are busy at work or school on Staffordshire Day itself.
Events already organised include the Staffordshire Plate Raceday at Uttoxeter Racecourse, and a major exhibition dedicated to Newcastle-under-Lyme’s Philip Astley, the Father of the Modern Circus.
Last year, over 60,000 people attended Staffordshire Day events, generating an estimated £1m for the county’s economy.
Mark Winnington, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth at Staffordshire County Council and Vice Chair of Destination Staffordshire, who are backing the celebration said:
“Our first two Staffordshire Days were a huge success with thousands of people turning out for hundreds of events right across the county.
“Last year we were also trending on Twitter on the day but this year we want the celebrations to be even bigger and better.
“Because Staffordshire Day falls on a Tuesday this year, not only will we have lots of fun activities planned for the day itself but also the weekends before and after.
“And, like previous events, the celebrations are a great opportunity to shout about our great county, so make sure the date Tuesday 1st May is in your diary and stay posted for some wonderful activities.”
For more information on Staffordshire Day, visit www.enjoystaffordshire.com/staffsday