Lancashire

Diamond Jubilee: Beacons light up Clitheroe

Clitheroe Castle
Image caption A beacon was lit at Clitheroe Castle

Beacons have been lit in Lancashire as the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations continue.

Thousands have been lit across the UK, with Clitheroe Castle in the Ribble Valley was one of the chosen locations.

The celebrations started when mayor Ian Sayers hoisted an official Jubilee flag from the castle keep.

The castle keep will also be floodlit with red, white and blue and the Clitheroe Pop Choir performed a song written especially for the occasion.

Tom Pridmore, Ribble Valley Borough Council's tourism and events officer, said the castle was "a fantastic venue for any event".

"What better venue, this iconic castle at the centre of the kingdom?" he asked.

'Feather in cap'

The village of Slaidburn also lit a beacon at the end of a steam and vintage vehicle display, which has attracted large crowds of visitors over the bank holiday weekend.

Organiser David McNamee said it was a "feather in our cap to be asked to have an official beacon".

Other locations where beacons were lit included the Jubilee Tower on Darwen moors; Pendle Hill; Warton Crag near Carnforth; and St James Church in Haslingden.

Residents in Lytham on the Fylde coast gathered in their local park to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee at the newly-named Queen Elizabeth II Park View Playing Fields.

On Sunday, rain did not dampen spirits in Morecambe where the Diamond Jubilee party took place along a 1.5 mile (2.4km) stretch of the promenade.

Some 550 tables were set stretching from the landmark Polo Tower theme park site to Morecambe Bay lifeboat station.

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