Kidsgrove is celebrating the Jubilee this bank holiday weekend, however looking at Kidsgrove as you shop or pass though Kidsgrove Town you would be hard pressed to notice that anything is actually taking place. This is something which many Kidsgrove residents have been commenting on as you spend time in Kidsgrove.
Kidsgrove Town Council have spent money decorating Kidsgrove Town Hall and ensuring that this iconic building is decorated to represent such an occasion, however walk 200 yards down Liverpool Road and you would be hard pressed to find much evidence that such a special event is taking part in Kidsgrove. The same picture can be painted in Market Street in Kidsgrove, where once again it is very hard to identify that anything special is taking place in Kidsgrove this Jubilee weekend.
Some Kidsgrove businesses have embraced the Jubilee festivities and marked the occasion, with Michel Hall’s Hair Dressing Salons showing particular effort in marking this occasion. It should also be noted how smart The Queen’s Public House is looking in Market Street. Sadly not even the Jubilee competition that Kidsgrove Town Council have ran seems to got all businesses out marking this occasion.
If you travel to nearby Alsager it is a completely different picture. The whole of Crewe Road is lined with flags and bunting which has been attached to the businesses in the area. This has created a real sense of pride, as a result individual businesses have come out and made a real effort to decorate in the nations colours.
It has been suggested that the display that Alsager has put on has cost around £700 in total, which is money which surly Kidsgrove Town Council would have at their disposal in some form or another. We know that Kidsgrove Town Council has community grants they award as well as whatever budget was set for the Jubilee celebrations, all of which surly would have matched if not bettered this £700 figure.
There is no doubt that Kidsgrove Town Hall looks impressive, however would that money have been better spent in the whole of Kidsgrove and not just one building?