Published on 11th June 2012

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee logo in red, white, blue and yellow - child's drawing of the Union Jack flag and a crown

Cheltenham Borough Council is reminding residents to send in their photographs, stories, artwork, poems and memories from the Jubilee celebrations last weekend for the book of remembrance.

Around 50 events and parties took place throughout the Borough to celebrate the diamond jubilee and Cheltenham Borough Council would like to encapsulate the community spirit in a special book which will show how we celebrated.

Over the Jubilee weekend a small team of professionals from Cheltenham volunteered their time to join council staff and visit various events to gather material for the book. Hannah Wright, strategy and engagement assistant said: “The team did a marvellous job and we made it to about 15 overall but it was impossible to visit every one. This is why we now need people to contribute their stories, big or small, so that we have a true account of the whole borough.”

Initially two books will be produced: one will go to Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum; the other will be sent to Her Majesty the Queen. There are also plans to have affordable editions published for members of the public to buy.

Cllr Peter Jeffries, cabinet member for housing and safety, said: “This is the ideal way to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee, and the way in which Cheltenham celebrated it. As far as we know, we are the only council to be doing anything like this, which makes it even more exciting! The book will cost relatively little, is accessible to all, and will last for generations to come.”

If you would like to send in your photographs, stories, artwork, poems and memories of your Jubilee in Cheltenham, please contact 01242 775156, or call in at the Municipal Offices. The closing date is Friday 22nd June.