Cumbria

Cumbrian communities mark Diamond Jubilee

A stall at the Jubilee celebrations in Keswick
Image caption Keswick is decorated with bunting and flags

Communities across Cumbria have been joining in the celebrations across the UK to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

The Queen of the Lake, one of a number of small wooden tourist cruisers on Windermere, took part in the Jubilee Pageant on the River Thames.

L/Cpl Mark Harding, from Wigton, who was shot in the neck in Afghanistan was among those who also took part in the pageant.

In Cumbria, a number of street parties and other events were held.

L/Cpl Harding, 36, a soldier with the 1st Battalion the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, was shot in 2010 and suffered spinal injuries.

He rowed in a tandem kayak as part of a team representing the British Limbless Ex Service Men's Association.

'Really proud'

He described it as an honour to be part of such a unique event.

He said: "It's a really historic event and I am really proud to be in it."

A Jubilee lunch was held in Keswick Market Square. Linda Furniss, from Keswick Tourism Association, said the town was looking wonderful with bunting and flags.

Image caption The Cockermouth event was aimed at bringing the community together

Tables and chairs were set up for people to sit and enjoy food and drink as well as music from local bands and a big screen showing the Thames pageant.

Other communities which arranged events were Cockermouth, Barrow, Muncaster and Harraby.

In Cockermouth tables were set up in the flag- and bunting-lined streets and there was a range of entertainment on offer for families.

Jonty Chipperfield, from Cockermouth Chamber of Trade, said: "The idea obviously was to celebrate the Jubilee but also to do something that gets the community together."

He said people had come from the town and surrounding areas.

On Monday, there will be a Jubilee concert in Carlisle and beacons will be lit in Cumbria as part of a national network.

There are also beacons on the peak of Scafell Pike and along Hadrian's Wall.

See all the latest Diamond Jubilee news and features at bbc.co.uk/diamond jubilee

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