4:41pm Thursday 7th June 2012
WHAT a Royal lot we are!
In a patriotic blaze of red, white and blue Leigh and surrounding towns and villages celebrated the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in style.
The civic square in front of Leigh Town Hall was a focus of attention on Monday with music, entertainment and an incredible fireworks display which lit-up the sky above an appreciative audience who joined in rousing patriotic anthems.
At Pennington Hall Park the Mayor, Cllr Myra Whiteside was joined by pupils from Christ Church CE School and depuity head Janet Rigby as she opened the Royal Diamond Jubilee Wildlife Garden while onlookers enjoyed their party in the park which featured live jazz and a teddy bears' picnic.
The Mayor cemented a link with the Royal family by planting an oak sapling from the Sandringham Estate as towns and villages throughout Journal-land took time out to acknowledge a remarkable milestone in our nation's history.
Everyone enjoyed a right Royal knees up with streets and homes bedecked in bunting and shops and business proudly flew the Union.
It was celebrated in an extra special way by Leigh woman Jo Lonsdale Frith.
Jo climbed to the top of Scafell - England’s highest mountain - to celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work when she joined Dr Harpal Kumar, Chief Executive of Cancer Research UK, as he lit the ‘Beacon of Hope’ at 10:29 pm on Monday.
Cancer survivor Jo, who works at Tesco as Regeneration Partnership Manager, said: “The climb was wonderful – it was tough going at times. I was so proud to be one of the people climbing Scafell Pike as part of the charity’s celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
"Standing alongside the scientists and fundraisers who are helping to save lives like mine was a great honour.”
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