A BOROUGH'S 'Hop on / Hop off' Jubilee trail bus has been hailed as a family-friendly success.

Each weekend in the run up to The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations families in Hyndburn have been enjoying a ‘beacon bus trail’ across its seven parks.

Hundreds of people have taken part over the last few weeks.

The free bus service visits parks that are hosting the special edition Jubilee augmented reality trail, where people can use a smart phone to scan the QR code on park signs to learn about the Queen.

The trail is also available for people to complete in their own time when visiting parks until June 12.

The special bus, operated by Town and District Transport Trust, has been designed for the Jubilee celebrations with limited edition flags available on board for people to wave and take home.

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacon Trail is located at seven stops around Hyndburn to visit, positioned so that families can discover hidden parts of the local parks and green spaces.

The signs with QR codes are at Lowerfold Park, Great Harwood; Cutwood Park, Rishton; Rhyddings Park, Oswaldtwistle; Gatty Park, Church; Oak Hill Park, Accrington; Haworth Park, Baxenden; and Mercer Park, Clayton-le-Moors.

Hyndburn Council leader Cllr Miles Parkinson said: “Feedback from this free bus trail has been wonderful. Families have said it has meant they’ve not only been visiting parks they’ve never been to before, but have learnt so much about The Queen’s historic 70-year reign. There have been passengers of all ages on board.

The bus is running on: Saturday May 28, Sunday May 29, Sunday June 5, Saturday June 11 and Sunday June 12. Starting at Churchfield Gardens, Church Street, Great Harwood at 10:40am, the trail takes approximately three hours to complete and makes a complete circuit back to the start point.

There is also the option to hop-on/hop off at other locations, full information and detailed timetable can be found online.