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Queen hosts Maundy service at Sheffield Cathedral

The Queen in Sheffield Cathedral Image copyright PA
Image caption The Queen distributes specially minted Maundy money in recognition of elderly people's community work

The Queen has handed out Maundy money to 178 pensioners at a service in Sheffield Cathedral.

It is the first time South Yorkshire has played host to the service, which recognises the work of elderly people to their community and church.

This year, 89 women and 89 men - one for each of the Queen's 89 years - received the Maundy money.

The Dean of Sheffield, the Very Reverend Peter Bradley, said it was a historic moment for South Yorkshire.

"We are deeply honoured to be chosen to host the Royal Maundy Service on behalf of our nation," he said.

"This service is a special opportunity to recognise individuals who have worked to make a positive contribution to the community."

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Image caption Yeomen of the Guard, the royal bodyguard, arrive at the cathedral before the service

The monarch's Maundy Thursday service has been held in England since the 12th Century, to mark Jesus washing his disciples' feet.

During the service the Queen distributed specially-minted money to the men and women, all from the Sheffield area.

The recipients were given two leather pouches, one of which contained Maundy coins equating in pence to the Queen's age.

Image caption A crowd gathered outside the cathedral to watch proceedings

Simon Green, an executive director of Sheffield City Council said: "It's a priceless event for Sheffield. It's a positive endorsement of the city."

He said the estimated cost for the council of the event was £30,000 but it had "brought 12,000 people to the city".

Image caption It was the first time the ceremony had been held in South Yorkshire

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