Programme for Queen's visit to Blackburn revealed

The Queen will visit Blackburn Cathedral and Ewood Park

The Queen will visit Blackburn Cathedral and Ewood Park

First published in News This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

THE full programme of events to be staged during The Queen’s visit to Blackburn on Maundy Thursday has been revealed for the first time.

The royal party is due to arrive at the town’s railway station at 10.45am where they will be driven slowly down the Boulevard and Church Street to the cathedral for the historic service.

During the private, ticketed event on Thursday, April 17, 88 men and 88 woman from the diocese will be honoured by The Queen Following the service, in keeping with Royal Maundy tradition, The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are due to spend time with religious and civic dignitaries.

This will take place at Ewood Park, however there will only be a very limited oppourtunity to see the royal party at the venue.

The cathedral has been working with Blackburn with Darwen Council and The Royal Almonry in London to ensure the event runs as smoothly as possible.

The Royal Maundy is an ancient ceremony which can be traced back to the fourth century.

It seems to have been the custom as early as the 13th century for members of the royal family to take part in Maundy ceremonies, to distribute money and gifts, Coun Kate Hollern, leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council, said:

“We are lucky to have The Queen coming to Blackburn Cathedral and happy to support on all the preparations for this special occasion.

“It’s also right that we put effort into making it as big a community celebration as possible.

“It’s going to be a happy and memorable day which will go down in history. In true Blackburn spirit the community is stepping up to make sure we have the town looking as good as possible for all the visitors.

Canon Andrew Hindley, who is co-ordinating the cathedral arrangements, said: “Our preparations for this historic service are now moving in the final stages.

“The music and hymns have been chosen, and the cathedral is being made ready over the next few weeks.” The Director of Music at Blackburn Cathedral, Samuel Hudson, said: “For the majority of us who will be performing at the service this is our first Royal occasion, and certainly the first involving The Queen.

“For that reason alone there is a real buzz about the place and everyone is really looking forward to the event.”

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2:14pm Fri 21 Mar 14

shytalk says...

Oh dear i hope she soon gets over her visit to Blackburn
Oh dear i hope she soon gets over her visit to Blackburn shytalk
  • Score: 2

2:30pm Fri 21 Mar 14

greenscreener says...

Hope the assortment of Goths on Church St don't create the wrong impression, not everybody in Blackburn is that cheerful.
Hope the assortment of Goths on Church St don't create the wrong impression, not everybody in Blackburn is that cheerful. greenscreener
  • Score: 22

3:48pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Loving lances says...

She will give more money at Ewood Park than the Venkys spend on wages for goalkeepers.
She will give more money at Ewood Park than the Venkys spend on wages for goalkeepers. Loving lances
  • Score: 8

4:00pm Fri 21 Mar 14

crusade to find the truth from the brown stuff says...

Can imagine queen driving around boulevard of building site bus station then on church st passed all drunks at sun and onto row of rodent infested takeaways and finally to Ewood for vents to make an annual appearance to get their pic took with queen. U can imagine the queen turning to Philip and saying "one thinks Blackburn is a sh*t hole why have we come here"
Can imagine queen driving around boulevard of building site bus station then on church st passed all drunks at sun and onto row of rodent infested takeaways and finally to Ewood for vents to make an annual appearance to get their pic took with queen. U can imagine the queen turning to Philip and saying "one thinks Blackburn is a sh*t hole why have we come here" crusade to find the truth from the brown stuff
  • Score: 26

4:04pm Fri 21 Mar 14

123Jon123 says...

Oppourtunity? Seriously is this journalism? Given the opportunity I'd have used a spell check.
Oppourtunity? Seriously is this journalism? Given the opportunity I'd have used a spell check. 123Jon123
  • Score: 11

4:37pm Fri 21 Mar 14

keybo5 says...

What time does she arrive 10-45 am ? , she will be able to nip into the Last Orders on Darwen St. for a gill,like those I saw at 10am last Monday morning.
What time does she arrive 10-45 am ? , she will be able to nip into the Last Orders on Darwen St. for a gill,like those I saw at 10am last Monday morning. keybo5
  • Score: 11

4:48pm Fri 21 Mar 14

onsidecobra says...

So that's why they have been trying to smarten up The Adelphi, pity about the bomb site the poor old Queen will have to travel through, and the railway station won't be much of a treat either. Let's hope the chaps at the Cathedral get it right, come on ladies and gentlemen you are our only hope!
So that's why they have been trying to smarten up The Adelphi, pity about the bomb site the poor old Queen will have to travel through, and the railway station won't be much of a treat either. Let's hope the chaps at the Cathedral get it right, come on ladies and gentlemen you are our only hope! onsidecobra
  • Score: 10

2:41am Sat 22 Mar 14

doylerf says...

Loving lances wrote:
She will give more money at Ewood Park than the Venkys spend on wages for goalkeepers.
what drugs are you on and how much?
[quote][p][bold]Loving lances[/bold] wrote: She will give more money at Ewood Park than the Venkys spend on wages for goalkeepers.[/p][/quote]what drugs are you on and how much? doylerf
  • Score: 4

10:24pm Sun 23 Mar 14

noddy57 says...

Am l the only person who cannot grasp the royal appeal ?.,this queen as far as l am concerned does not have anything in common with me or my life in fact royalty has no Relevence to the working class and lower classes of our society,,this pompous Palava should be designated to the past like all out of date protocol,
Am l the only person who cannot grasp the royal appeal ?.,this queen as far as l am concerned does not have anything in common with me or my life in fact royalty has no Relevence to the working class and lower classes of our society,,this pompous Palava should be designated to the past like all out of date protocol, noddy57
  • Score: 2

12:38pm Mon 24 Mar 14

leyton says...

this should be another £20,000?plus taken out of the councils coffers for a parasite .Hope the snipers are ready.
this should be another £20,000?plus taken out of the councils coffers for a parasite .Hope the snipers are ready. leyton
  • Score: -2

3:54am Fri 4 Apr 14

Lancistan says...

Where is Church Street ? It is not on the map near the Cathedral.
Where is Church Street ? It is not on the map near the Cathedral. Lancistan
  • Score: 2

10:41am Sun 6 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

shytalk wrote:
Oh dear i hope she soon gets over her visit to Blackburn
She'll certainly not forget it in hurry what with all the cleaning needed when she gets back staff will be vey busy !!
[quote][p][bold]shytalk[/bold] wrote: Oh dear i hope she soon gets over her visit to Blackburn[/p][/quote]She'll certainly not forget it in hurry what with all the cleaning needed when she gets back staff will be vey busy !! ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 4

10:44am Sun 6 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

shytalk wrote:
Oh dear i hope she soon gets over her visit to Blackburn
Don't give a shut lol
[quote][p][bold]shytalk[/bold] wrote: Oh dear i hope she soon gets over her visit to Blackburn[/p][/quote]Don't give a shut lol ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 4

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