Blackburn ready for Royal party

Heather Heaton, left, and Dianne Mason, who would like the Queen to officially cut the ribbon on their new salon No. 9 Barbers

Safraz Chowji, left, and Sohel Vaid, manager of Sound as a Pound, in Railway Road, with England flags

A worker cuts the grass in the cathedral grounds

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FINAL preparations are under way before the Queen arrives in Blackburn tomorrow morning.

Hundreds of people are expected to line the streets to welcome her to town – and the weather is expected to be dry!

When the royal train pulls into the railway station, Her Majesty will be greeted by special posters, welcoming her to the town.

Hanging baskets have also spruced up the station, and an army of staff have been cleaning and painting the building ahead of her arrival.

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Businesses along the route to the cathedral have also been busy making sure everything is spick and span, and setting up red, white and blue royal-themed window displays.

At the East Lancashire Hospice shop in Railway Road there is a colourful selection of regal-themed items for sale, displayed in the window alongside Union Flags and bunting.

Supervisor Louise Naughton said: “We thought we’d get it looking nice.

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“We did think she might come out and buy a few things, so we’ve taken out anything royal related!”

Across the road at Sound as a Pound, bunting has been hung outside.

Manager Sohel Vaid said: “It’s a fantastic thing.

“If she comes into the shop I’ll give her a nice cup of tea out the back!”

And staff at the newly-opened No. 9 Barbers nearby said they would love the Queen to officially open their new shop.

Dianne Mason said: “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

And Heather Heaton added: “I am interested.

“We want her to open the shop, and she can come in and have a bit of a haircut!”

At Blackburn Market, where stalls will be open from 7.30am, traders have everything from flags to cowboy hats on offer.

Roger Vaughan said: “We’ve been quite busy today, but we’re a bit worried that because of the good weather nobody will be tempted to come inside.”

And Mandy Phillips, who runs a fancy dress shop, said: “The tiaras and dickie bows have been selling the best, and the cowboy hats have been selling well. We’re all excited.”

Over at Blackburn Cathedral, red, white and blue flowers have been planted in the grounds, and inside the building, chairs have been set out ready for the arrival of the Maundy Pensioners.

Seating arrangements have been double and triple checked, and the clergy have rehearsed their prayers and readings ahead of the big day.

The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong, the Dean of Blackburn, said: “Outside, the police have been checking everything.

“We’ve had terrific support from them and the council, and everybody else really.

“There’s been a lot of extra work for the cathedral staff, who have had to work extended hours.

“The visit will be good for the town, the county, and the region.”

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11:19am Wed 16 Apr 14

mmickk says...

I hope the council build on this and keep the town clean. Why not have the traffic wardens give out fines for littering spitting and chewing gum. I would love to know when the last time anyone was fined for this in the town centre? With all the CCTV their is no excuse for not prosecuting people for this why is it not being done? Come on you Councillors get off your fat backsides and do something for the town that people want.
I hope the council build on this and keep the town clean. Why not have the traffic wardens give out fines for littering spitting and chewing gum. I would love to know when the last time anyone was fined for this in the town centre? With all the CCTV their is no excuse for not prosecuting people for this why is it not being done? Come on you Councillors get off your fat backsides and do something for the town that people want. mmickk
  • Score: 23

12:26pm Wed 16 Apr 14

bow1974 says...

Looking well at No9 barbers keep it up ladies.
Looking well at No9 barbers keep it up ladies. bow1974
  • Score: 21

12:33pm Wed 16 Apr 14

woolywords says...

With grass cutting being such an emotive issue of late, I thought that you might have given that a miss at the moment.
The grass itself, wasn't that long, and with all the daisies in it, looked rather nice, yesterday, when I passed through.
With grass cutting being such an emotive issue of late, I thought that you might have given that a miss at the moment. The grass itself, wasn't that long, and with all the daisies in it, looked rather nice, yesterday, when I passed through. woolywords
  • Score: 15

2:11pm Wed 16 Apr 14

hasslem hasslem says...

free ad for barbers
free ad for barbers hasslem hasslem
  • Score: 14

2:13pm Wed 16 Apr 14

George Khan says...

So the rani, I mean queen, is strolling into town
I hear the roads have been repaired and evened out
Courtesy of the local folk that are downtrodden
So when she tramples along, she doesn’t dirty her gown
I hear that tomorrow the weather won’t be sodden
What a shame, we could have done with a bucket or two
To give her a taste of this area that she’s probably forgotten
I wonder, how many putters, when greeting will bend down
To this woman who lives off the taxpayer, whose spending is unbound
It’s time to rid this country of this institution of elitism
That thinks it has an inherent right to live off the majority
And whose members are known to be prone to racism
The putter who sweeps the streets for a clean honest living
Is worthy of more respect than this royal family
We have homeless, pensioners who are struggling
Working class kids that can’t afford a university education
Whilst these leeches enjoy themselves globe-trotting
It’s time to banish their privileges and curb the taxpayers contribution
Bring these lot into line with lowly paid that are actually working
So the rani, I mean queen, is strolling into town I hear the roads have been repaired and evened out Courtesy of the local folk that are downtrodden So when she tramples along, she doesn’t dirty her gown I hear that tomorrow the weather won’t be sodden What a shame, we could have done with a bucket or two To give her a taste of this area that she’s probably forgotten I wonder, how many putters, when greeting will bend down To this woman who lives off the taxpayer, whose spending is unbound It’s time to rid this country of this institution of elitism That thinks it has an inherent right to live off the majority And whose members are known to be prone to racism The putter who sweeps the streets for a clean honest living Is worthy of more respect than this royal family We have homeless, pensioners who are struggling Working class kids that can’t afford a university education Whilst these leeches enjoy themselves globe-trotting It’s time to banish their privileges and curb the taxpayers contribution Bring these lot into line with lowly paid that are actually working George Khan
  • Score: -23

3:23pm Wed 16 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

mmickk wrote:
I hope the council build on this and keep the town clean. Why not have the traffic wardens give out fines for littering spitting and chewing gum. I would love to know when the last time anyone was fined for this in the town centre? With all the CCTV their is no excuse for not prosecuting people for this why is it not being done? Come on you Councillors get off your fat backsides and do something for the town that people want.
NO CHANCE they made the mess in the first place
[quote][p][bold]mmickk[/bold] wrote: I hope the council build on this and keep the town clean. Why not have the traffic wardens give out fines for littering spitting and chewing gum. I would love to know when the last time anyone was fined for this in the town centre? With all the CCTV their is no excuse for not prosecuting people for this why is it not being done? Come on you Councillors get off your fat backsides and do something for the town that people want.[/p][/quote]NO CHANCE they made the mess in the first place ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 16

4:15pm Wed 16 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

This is Blackburn not Utopia don't think there's a hope in hell ! !
This is Blackburn not Utopia don't think there's a hope in hell ! ! ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 10

4:16pm Wed 16 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

mmickk wrote:
I hope the council build on this and keep the town clean. Why not have the traffic wardens give out fines for littering spitting and chewing gum. I would love to know when the last time anyone was fined for this in the town centre? With all the CCTV their is no excuse for not prosecuting people for this why is it not being done? Come on you Councillors get off your fat backsides and do something for the town that people want.
Not a chance
[quote][p][bold]mmickk[/bold] wrote: I hope the council build on this and keep the town clean. Why not have the traffic wardens give out fines for littering spitting and chewing gum. I would love to know when the last time anyone was fined for this in the town centre? With all the CCTV their is no excuse for not prosecuting people for this why is it not being done? Come on you Councillors get off your fat backsides and do something for the town that people want.[/p][/quote]Not a chance ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 15

4:30pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Pan-cake says...

Oh dear George Khan, you are a sad envious barsteward. Putters? how did golf get into this thread? You are obviously of limited capability.
Maybe Great Harwood would suit you better. If the Labour Brothers are successful in May we could end up with a real dubious group of family members.Current Leaders wife, her nephew and his ex wife, mother of his 3 children, and his current partner, all representing the same area.
Oh dear George Khan, you are a sad envious barsteward. Putters? how did golf get into this thread? You are obviously of limited capability. Maybe Great Harwood would suit you better. If the Labour Brothers are successful in May we could end up with a real dubious group of family members.Current Leaders wife, her nephew and his ex wife, mother of his 3 children, and his current partner, all representing the same area. Pan-cake
  • Score: 11

4:58pm Wed 16 Apr 14

George Khan says...

Pan-cake wrote:
Oh dear George Khan, you are a sad envious barsteward. Putters? how did golf get into this thread? You are obviously of limited capability.
Maybe Great Harwood would suit you better. If the Labour Brothers are successful in May we could end up with a real dubious group of family members.Current Leaders wife, her nephew and his ex wife, mother of his 3 children, and his current partner, all representing the same area.
Pancake me ol’ putter
Putter is slang in punjabi for son
Your inflated ability does not extend to languages
A bit like some in the royal institution
I hope you comply with the queen’s wishes-
Bend over backwards and then kiss her on the b.m
[quote][p][bold]Pan-cake[/bold] wrote: Oh dear George Khan, you are a sad envious barsteward. Putters? how did golf get into this thread? You are obviously of limited capability. Maybe Great Harwood would suit you better. If the Labour Brothers are successful in May we could end up with a real dubious group of family members.Current Leaders wife, her nephew and his ex wife, mother of his 3 children, and his current partner, all representing the same area.[/p][/quote]Pancake me ol’ putter Putter is slang in punjabi for son Your inflated ability does not extend to languages A bit like some in the royal institution I hope you comply with the queen’s wishes- Bend over backwards and then kiss her on the b.m George Khan
  • Score: -9

8:47pm Wed 16 Apr 14

ghost of sceptic says...

Can just see it now. While most of us are at work the Queen will be greeted by the hordes of unemployed cant work wont work outside the Adelphi, Postal order and Last orders. What a site it would be, maybe she will call in the last orders for a pint and then off for a kebbab. At least she will see the real Blackburns dead and dying litter strewn greasy streets.
Can just see it now. While most of us are at work the Queen will be greeted by the hordes of unemployed cant work wont work outside the Adelphi, Postal order and Last orders. What a site it would be, maybe she will call in the last orders for a pint and then off for a kebbab. At least she will see the real Blackburns dead and dying litter strewn greasy streets. ghost of sceptic
  • Score: 13

10:10am Thu 17 Apr 14

bow1974 says...

hasslem hasslem wrote:
free ad for barbers
And what's wrong with that ? nothing wrong with a free plug to help a new business good luck ladies hope you prosper.
[quote][p][bold]hasslem hasslem[/bold] wrote: free ad for barbers[/p][/quote]And what's wrong with that ? nothing wrong with a free plug to help a new business good luck ladies hope you prosper. bow1974
  • Score: 13

1:50pm Thu 17 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

Think the headline should read Backburn Clowncil ready for a Royal Party !! Lol
Think the headline should read Backburn Clowncil ready for a Royal Party !! Lol ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 9

4:29pm Thu 17 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

Venkys just doing bill for the "Party"
Venkys just doing bill for the "Party" ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 7

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