York’s main Coronation event has been named among the best in Britain.
And new details about it have now been revealed.
York’s Coronation Ball will take place on Sunday, 7 May, the day after the King is crowned in Westminster Abbey.
As YorkMix revealed last month, the ball is taking place in the Assembly Rooms on Blake Street, and will feature live music, a sparkling wine reception and three course dinner.
And it has been named in Time Out, the international leisure website, in the top ten best coronation weekend events in the UK.
“You’ll be digging out your fanciest glad rags and soaking in the neoclassical splendour of the city’s Grand Assembly Rooms,” it says.
“Built in 1730, the setting will make you feel at one with high society, like you’re at a real-life royal do.”
Now the Coronation Ball organiser, the Sheriff of York Suzie Mercer, has revealed new details about the event.
As the 200 guests arrive, they will be treated to a special peal of bells rung at York Minster. It’s only the second time in living memory they have been rung to mark a civic event.
When they enter the Assembly Rooms, guests will enjoy music from Big Band 106 and a glass of sparkling wine.
The band, made up of 20 of the University of York’s finest music students under the direction of Mr Ben Moss, will also play the national anthem for the Loyal Toast, and two further sets after dinner.
The city’s York Guard, the Sheriff’s medieval army, will be out in force. They will be on duty with their halberts at the ready around the building, helping to add to the events pomp and pageantry.
The event will replicate the Ball held to mark the late Queen Elizabeth’s coronation in 1953, and is one of only a handful of such civic events taking place this year.
All proceeds raised from the event will be going towards the Sheriff’s cost of living appeal in partnership with the Two Ridings Community Foundation.
There are only a few tickets left, which can be purchased here.