Lancashire celebrates Diamond Jubilee weekend in style

PUBLISHED: 17:24 26 June 2012 | UPDATED: 21:33 20 February 2013

Bare and District W.I.

Bare and District W.I.

Lancashire knows how to put on a party and if you need proof just look at our pictures from the Diamond Jubilee weekend

Lancashire knows how to put on a party and if you need proof just look at our pictures from the Diamond Jubilee weekend

Photography by Kirsty Thompson, John Cocks, Chris Warner, Robin Yerkess, Glynn Ward and Belinda Hastie


The British spirit that means we still manage to smile while rain drips down the back of our necks was certainly on show in Morecambe. Charity supporters set up 550 tea tables along a mile and a half of the Prom, stretching from the Polo Tower to the Lifeboat Station in an attempt to break the record for the worlds biggest tea party.

The weather didnt stop them raising money for Help for Heroes and St Johns Hospice but rival claims mean the jury is still out on the record attempt.


There was a special Jubilee guest at Marton Primary School and Nursery in South Shore, Blackpool - the Deputy Lord Lieutenant, John Barnett.
Mr Barnett, dressed in his uniform, presented a special assembly about the Queen and royal family, teaching the children how to salute and sharing his royal experiences and stories. Later in the day Mr Barnett was invited to open the Marton School Jubilee garden party, with disco and party games.

Laneshaw Bridge

Revellers in the little Pendle community of Laneshaw Bridge thought theyd sampled too much Jubilee punch when they spotted Her Majesty among the throng. It was, of course, a very realistic life-size cut-out of the Queen. That just added to the fun with music from the Pendle Youth Orchestra, delicious cakes and egg and spoon racing for the youngsters.


The village of Fence, near Burnley, celebrated the Queens Diamond Jubilee with a procession along Wheatley Lane from the Sparrowhawk Inn to the Bay Horse and then back to the school for a fun afternoon on the school grounds. Hundreds of villagers and visitors turned out to line the route and follow the parade bringing a real sense of community to the village.

Many villagers commented that the Diamond Jubilee, as well as being a national celebration, offered a great opportunity to bring communities like Fence together. Our picture shows the Accrington Pipe Band getting ready to lead the procession through the village.


Villagers in the Lakeland community of Lowick enjoyed a Jubilee Prom on a field behind the Farmers Arms. They enjoys picnics and music from the Ulverston Victoria High School brass band. Meanwhile, in the nearby village of Scales locals had fun making scarecrows of members of the Royal family and then displayed them in their front gardens.


One of Lancashires fine old churches was transformed into a festival of flowers to mark the Queens Diamond Jubilee.Ormskirk Parish Church was the setting for a brilliant show of skill and art staged by members of the Ormskirk Flower Group.

Withnell Fold

Withnell Fold may be one of Lancashires smallest communities but that didnt stop them putting on a big Jubilee party.

And the village, near Chorley, had some special guests - local resident and Olympic cycling gold medallist Jason Queally and motorbike enthusiast Eddie Stevens, who brought along a BSA M33 made in the Coronation year and a Bonneville 750 built in 1977, Silver Jubilee year.


Youngsters in Worsley got into the Jubilee spirit by staging their own outdoor concert. Each class at the Bridgewater Independent School represented a decade of of the Queens reign and sang and danced to music of the time. It included a bit of Beatlemania, some Showaddywaddy, a Grease medley and ended with some Jessie J. Parents and friends cheered on and joined in with a rousing chorus of Land of Hope and Glory.

The print version of this article appeared in the July 2012 issue of Lancashire Life
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