Spotlight brings young adults from Tower Hamlets to Scotland to attend Fife Platinum Jubilee Youth Spectacular

8th June 2022

A group of young adults from Tower Hamlets are set to represent East London’s young people in the opening flag-waving event of the Platinum Jubilee Youth Spectacular at St Ninians, taking place near Kelty in Fife.

TV presenter, magician and comedian, Stephen Mulhern, will host the event, which aims to “inspire youth” .

The Youth Spectacular, which is part of Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, is taking place on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th June. The amazing young talent who are participating will be performing in a newly constructed arena on the site of the former opencast mine at St Ninians.

The group from London, involving 11 young adults, aged 16-20, and 5 youth workers are from the Spotlight Youth Centre, a creative arts youth service based in London’s Tower Hamlets.

Around 4,000 young people aged 11-19 are engaged each year and come to the youth centre to make friends and for advice, guidance and support. Spotlight also runs a number of creative programmes including photography, music, fashion and visual arts, as well as an active programme including fitness and nutrition, sport and exercise.

It also has an in-house young-person only GP service, HealthSpot.

The group are part of the centre’s inspirational programme, focusing on youth leadership and volunteering. They are also members of Poplar HARCA’s Youth Empowerment Board, which feeds into the governance of the award-winning housing association in East London.

While in Scotland the group will participate in outdoor activities at Willowgate Activity Centre in Perthshire, take part in a mini-Highland Games and visit some Edinburgh attractions, including Edinburgh Castle.

The Platinum Jubilee event is sponsored by Community Interest Company (CIC) National Pride UK, which jointly owns the site and is planning its future development. The event is being organised by local events manager, Michael Boyle and the former Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo impresario, Brigadier Sir Melville Jameson.

Performers confirmed to date include:

  • The Imps Motorcycle Display Team, the world’s foremost youth display team
  • Katie Robertson, the award-winning ‘Wheeled Piper’
  • Massed pipes and drums from Scottish schools
  • Massed military bands
  • The musical skills of the massed army cadet force brass bands
  • Highland dancing displays and other dancers
  • The world-famous Red Hot Chilli Pipers

Harry Forshaw, Youth Volunteering Coordinator for Spotlight, said:

“As a group representing young people from the east end of London we are incredibly excited and proud to be participating in this truly inspiring event. Spotlight provides facilities that all young people can access on a non-exclusive basis and our youth-led centre demonstrates what young people can achieve when they are given the chance to have their voices heard. We are honoured to be participating in the opening event, and what we have achieved will hopefully serve to inspire other young people.”

Irene Bisset, Chair of National Pride UK, said:

“We’re delighted that this group of fantastic young adults from Spotlight are attending and participating in our event. With our aim being to showcase the tremendous talents of young people, inspiring both this and future generations, we are honoured that they have taken the time to come and participate. We look forward to welcoming them to St Ninians for a great weekend of fun and can hopefully leave them with fond memories of their time in Scotland.”

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