HUNDREDS of Royal well-wishers will be able to attend the launch of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations for West Yorkshire.
There are more than 200 spaces up for grabs at the event at Halifax Minster on Sunday February 12, which will kick-start a programme of events across the county to mark Her Majesty’s 60-year reign.
The Queen has sent a message to guests via the Lord-Lieutenant for West Yorkshire, Ingrid Roscoe. She said: “Please convey my warm thanks to all those attending the Interfaith Service at Halifax Minster for their kind message of loyal greeting, sent on the occasion the sixtieth anniversay of my accession to the throne.
“I much appreciate your kind words and, in return, send my best wishes to all who are present for a most memorable event.”
Guests must seated in the Minster by 2.30pm for a 3pm start. The service will be followed by a fireworks display on Beacon Hill, from 4.30-5pm.
The Rev Canon Hilary Barber, vicar of Halifax Minster said: “It is a tremendous honour for the Minster to host this service to launch the diamond jubilee celebrations for West Yorkshire.
“We are expecting people to come from far and wide and will welcome people with open arms from Calderdale to join the service. It will be a celebration of the Queen’s remarkable reign for everyone to share.”
The official celebrations will take place from June 2 to 5. The late May bank holiday has been put back to Monday, June 4, and there will be an additional Jubilee bank holiday on Tuesday, June 5.
Communities are urged to put on street parties and events to celebrate the anniversary.
Deputy Lieutenant Chris Harris said: “The Diamond Jubilee is a magnificent anniversary not only for Her Majesty but for our country too. It is a once-in-a-lifetime event.
“Only one other British monarch has ever celebrated a diamond jubilee and that was Queen Victoria in 1897.
“Several major events are being planned to take place in London, but we are keen to encourage the people of Calderdale to plan and organise their own celebrations.”
The Community Foundation for Calderdale has set up a fund to help groups and organisations put on events.
Grants of up to £900 are available for street parties and other festivities, plus a one-off grant of up to £5,000 for a major event for the whole of Calderdale. For more information visit www.cffc.co.uk.