We were lucky enough to receive two tickets for the Queens’ visit to Blackburn Cathedral on April 17th. It was a great honour for the Diocese to be chosen to host the Queens distribution of the Maundy Money, a custom that can be traced back all the way to King John in 1210.
After finding our way through the very tight, but efficient and friendly security at The Cathedral, we took our place in the south transept, which had a very good view of the proceedings
Among the 88 women and men who received the Maundy Money was Betty Stancliffe, who I’m sure a lot of you will know from Church.
The service started with a Royal Fanfare, by the Northern Chamber Orchestra, and I must say it made the hairs stand up on the back of my neck stand up.
Then followed the Church Service including Lessons read by The Dean of Blackburn The Very Reverend Christopher Armstrong and Jack Straw, our abiding memory is of the very solemn nature of the Service and the beautiful Choir and Music.
Then followed the distribution of the Maundy Money, and we were very fortunate that The Queen passed within a metre or so of where we were stood, her radiant smile to each and every one of the recipients was a real joy to see, it was evident that she really enjoys that part of the ceremony.
Our thanks go to Canon Hindley who organized the whole event so well, it really was a day to remember
Roger and Moya