We are thrilled to host West Midlands Deputy Lieutenant Dr M Sakhawat Hussain today for our Big Coronation Street Celebration in the atrium.
Many of our students from Early Years to Foundation Learning and Creative Industries have been busy making big preparations for this event to commemorate the historic Coronation of King Charles III.
Creating colourful bunting and learning about the significance and history of the Monarchy, students have also made Coronation-inspired cakes and games and were singing celebratory songs on stage.
Royal representative Dr Hussain joined in with the celebrations and met members of staff and students.
The Lord-Lieutenant, Sir John Crabtree OBE, who will be attending the Coronation on Saturday, is appointed by the King to represent him in the region and attend events and activities on his behalf.
He said: “The Coronation is really bringing people together to celebrate and get involved in some amazing projects. You can feel the excitement mounting across the region and there is a wonderful community spirit with many people volunteering for the first time to support their community.”
Sandwell College’s Director of Student Services Angela Tombs, who was one of the atrium event organisers, said: “This has been a great Coronation event, with games, music and lots of cake! Thanks to all the staff and students who participated and to Dr Hussain from the West Midlands Lieutenancy who visited us on behalf of the King.”
The West Midlands is the second largest Lieutenancy in England and Wales supporting nearly 3 million people across seven local authorities of Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton.
The Lieutenancy is active across the community supporting projects and initiatives that benefit the community and it helps recognise people through the Honours awards. It also coordinates Royal Visits and acts as a connection between the civic, military, religious, armed forces and emergency services.
The Lieutenancy is involved in a number of events that will be held across the region for the Coronation.