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Platinum Jubilee countdown continues

The countdown to the Queen's Platinum Jubilee is now on and people are gearing up to mark the special weekend.

Lancashire County Council is celebrating in style too with a host of activities, while new parents will be given a special souvenir by the registration service to mark their baby's birth at such an historic occasion.

Primary school pupils have been taking part in everything from bouncy obstacle course fun at St Andrews in Oswaldtwistle, to cake competitions at Sherwood Primary in Preston.

The county council's cabinet member for education and skills, Cllr Jayne Rear, visited a fun day at St Veronica's RC primary school in Helmshore today (Friday 27 May).  

Adults who use social care services have been getting into the spirit too. Fosterfields Day Centre in Chorley have made a Jubilee bus photo booth.

Jubilee Activities in disability day services include music by a local brass band, a tree planting ceremony and artwork created by people using the services. Lancaster and Morecambe Day service has created a huge crown and 3D model of a London Bus. 

Libraries and museums have also organised a packed programme of Jubilee events, with details available on the county council's events website.

The Registration Service is issuing special commemorative coins to parents registering the birth of their child on Monday, May 30, Tuesday, May 31 and Wednesday, June 1. Coins will also be given to couples getting married over the weekend and to new citizens whose ceremonies take place on Tuesday, May 31.

County Councillor Phillippa Williamson, leader of Lancashire County Council, said: "Her Majesty The Queen has a very special place in our hearts.

"She is our longest serving monarch and has a special connection to our county as the Duke of Lancaster.

"We have lots of activities from fun-packed picnics in our schools and colourful events in our care services, to fun family events in our libraries and museums.

"We want to help people mark special life events taking place in Jubilee week and we are presenting commemorative coins to new parents, new citizens, and people getting married and forming civil partnerships as a memento of this very special time."

Lancashire County Council has also increased Local Member Grant budgets for each county councillor by £500 this financial year to celebrate the Jubilee.  This means each county councillor will have a budget of £2,500 to fund community, voluntary and faith projects to groups that apply in their area during the 2022/23 financial year.

County Councillor Williamson added: "The jubilee is something we want communities across our county to celebrate.

"Member grants help fund important grass-roots activities that make a real difference at the heart of our communities and providing the extra budget will help organisations with their valuable work.

"The activities don't have to be Jubilee themed. You can find out how to apply on our website."

The Jubilee flag will fly on County Hall in Preston from Wednesday 1 June over the bank holiday weekend and the building will also be lit in purple overnight.

For more information, including details of local and national events, visit the county council's Platinum Jubilee web page.

More Jubilee pictures, videos and information will be posted on the county council's Twitter and Facebook pages in the run up to the Platinum Jubilee Weekend. Lancashire Jubilee events can be tagged using #LancsJubileeCelebrations