Diamond Jubilee Events in Lancashire
PUBLISHED: 13:07 31 May 2012 | UPDATED: 21:27 20 February 2013
A guide to Jubilee celebrations, compiled by Rosie Hall
The print version of this article appeared in the June 2012 issue of Lancashire Life
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Lancashire is gearing up to celebrate the Queens Jubilee in style and the county magazine, Lancashire Life, has put together a small selection of events you might wish to attend.
There a many different celebrations and we couldnt hope to list them all, but here are some of the most notable.
The Big Jubilee Lunch is one of the official celebrations over the Jubilee Weekend of June 2-5.
The day for the Big Lunch is Sunday June 3 and groups from all over Lancashire are taking part. Rotary International, among many others, is a key supporter. For more information visit www.thebiglunch.com.
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The Jubilee weekend is starting with a bang on the June 2nd with music and fairground rides in the town centre, organised by the Royal Society of St George. That evening, you can see the Queens Diamond Jubilee Show at Thwaites Empire Theatre at 7pm.
On June 22nd, King Georges Hall will host to Manchesters Hall Orchestra in their Fanfare for Her Majesty the Queens Diamond Jubilee. The includes patriotic pieces from Elgar, Coates and Walton.
There will be singing and dancing in Stanley Park with live music at the bandstand by the lake on Sunday, June 3rd, and there will also be a Big Jubilee Party at the Pleasure Beach Resort on June 4th. For a more traditional day out, the Spanish Hall at the Winter Gardens is hosting a Jubilee Tea Dance on June 5th, with piano and organ.
As proud hosts of the Queen on the May 16th, Burnley Borough Council will introduce the Queens Diamond Jubilee Awards June 28th. The ceremony will take place at the Mechanics Theatre, and awards will be presented by Paul Abbott.
On June 2nd Astley Park will stage a Jubilee picnic plus sports. There will be a range of entertainment and the opportunity to tour Astley Hall. It starts at noon and is free.
The following day the town will have its annual Civic Sunday parade, this year in honour of the Jubilee. The parade will begin at Chorley Town Hall at 1.30pm and will end with a special service at St Laurences Church on Union Street at 2pm.
Fylde is brimming with street parties. Here is a selection: June 3rd - School Lane, Lytham, 9am-9pm; Greenhay Lytham, 2pm-11pm; June 4th - Rossall Road, Ansdell, 9am-11pm; The Boulevard, Fairhaven, 10am-8pm; Balmoral Road, Lytham,11am-7pm; The Mall, St Annes, 12am-10pm; June 5th - Lightburne Avenue, St Annes, 11am-6pm; June 17th - Derby Road and Station Road, Wesham, 9am-10pm.
A free exhibition at Bolton Museum compares life in 1952 to now, and includes a variety of developments from architecture to fashion. Until July 4th.
Leigh & Wigan
On June 10th at 5pm in St Marys Leigh, the Bishop of Manchester will host a celebration to give thanks for Her Majesty and to celebrate local links between the church and society.
Morecambe kicks off the celebrations on the May 27th, with The Queens Diamond Jubilee Concert presented by The Promenade Concert Orchestra at The Platform, Marine Road Central at 3pm.
On June 2nd Morecambes Diamond Jubilee Weekend at the Winter Gardens includes a talent competition for under 12s and 12-18-year-olds. Morecambe continues in a musical vein on the 3rd, with its Diamond Jubilee Weekend Open Stage, for local artists. It will be hosted at the Winter Gardens, Marine Road Central. The finale to Morecambes weekend of Jubilee events will be the Diamond Jubilee Street Party on the Morecambe Seafront and they want you to help break the record for Britains longest street party. The event will stretch to one and a half miles and all proceeds will go to charity.
On June 2nd, the East Lancashire Concert Band (formerly Accrington Military Band) will hold a Jubilee concert at the Thwaites Empire in support of East Lancs Hospice.
Manchester Cathedral will play host to a Dig the City festival from July 24th-29th, including a floral homage to Manchesters musical heritage, a Great British Tea Party and ongoing entertainment.
Rossendale Museum in Whittaker Park is hosting a Royal Exhibition from May 19th to August 12th. It will feature a wide range of paraphernalia, from presents given to the Royal Family on foreign visits, to memorabilia from previous jubilees and royal occasions. Entry to the museum is free. On June 5th there will also be a Big Lunch Jubilee Picnic in Whittaker Park from 11am until 3pm.
From Saturday June 2nd to Sunday June 3rd, Halton will host The Happening at The Centre@Halton, a day of events and activities in celebration of the Jubilee. Admission will cost 1 for adults 1 and 50p for children 50p. For more information go online to www.haltoncentre.org
There will be a Community Celebration of the Diamond Jubilee at Carnforth High School at 8pm on the June 4th, with processions, side stalls and games.
The Broughton 2012 Big Picnic Lunch on the June 3rd will include music and craft stalls as well as a mini Olympics. For more information log on to www.broughton2012.org.uk.
Whalley is to hold a joint celebration over the Jubilee weekend as the town hosts a live music weekend, Whalley
Live 2012, from June 1st-5th. All four pubs will host events, as well as the village hall and the Whalley Arms car park.
A Jubilee concert will be held on June 16th at the Floral Hall, Southport. The Southport Orchestra will be joined by the Octave Choir in a celebration of the Diamond Jubilee.
For those seeking a truly traditional English day out, Hilldale, near Parbold, is putting a Diamond Jubilee twist on its annual country fair on June 2nd from 1.30-4pm at Hilldale Village Hall.
Meanwhile, the Bandstand at Coronation Park in Ormskirk is the venue for a weekend of free live music from jazz to rock n roll as well as brass bands. It runs from noon to 8pm on Saturday and Sunday June 2nd and 3rd.
At Rufford Old Hall theyre turning back to the clock to the 1950s with a Vintage Fete on June 5th to mark the Diamond Jubilee.
Staff and volunteers will be in 1950s costume and there will be craft stalls and childrens activities.
Other events in the Summer of Celebration at Rufford include a sports day weekend (June 9th-10th) and an outdoor theatre performance of Shakespeares Henry V (June 23rd).