Preparations are underway in Blackburn for a very special Royal visit.
The town will welcome the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh tomorrow, Maundy Thursday.
It will see more than 150 pensioners from across Lancashire honoured with Maundy Money, in a ceremony that can be traced back to the fourth century.
Amy Welch reports.
The Dean of Blackburn, The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong, says he is pleased to be welcoming The Queen to Blackburn Cathedral in April.
He said today:
– The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong
“I am delighted that the Cathedral has been asked to host The Queen for the Maundy Service this year. This is a huge privilege as well as a great responsibility on behalf of the bishop, the Diocese and the County of Lancashire.
The Lancashire recipients of The Royal Maundy are yet to be announced.
The Queen will be coming to Lancashire in April to hand out Maundy Money at Blackburn Cathedral.
She will be accompanied by His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh.
Every year the Monarch visits a cathedral or abbey to give out Maundy coins to people aged 70 and over in recognition of their service to their community and church.
This year’s visit, on Thursday April 17, will be the first time The Queen has visited Blackburn Cathedral.