Leader’s Viewpoint: Cllr Miles Parkinson OBE

Sunday 6 February marked 70 years since Her Majesty The Queen ascended to the throne. This occasion marked the start of the Platinum Jubilee and in Hyndburn we are looking forward to celebrations throughout the borough over the coming months. Queen Elizabeth II is the longest reigning monarch in British history. Her dedication and service to the country and the Commonwealth is exceptional and it was important to mark this occasion with meaning.

On Monday, myself and fellow leaders in Hyndburn planted trees as a lasting tribute for Her Majesty. Located in Mercer Park, Rhyddings Park and Oak Hill Park, we hope to see the trees flourish to see another 70 years of monarchy for our country and them be a place for people to visit and reflect.

Whilst we look forward to upcoming street parties and celebrations this coming June we can also reflect on the many awards and honours people throughout Hyndburn have received from the Queen over the years. Councillors, businesses, individuals and community organisations have been recognised by the Queen for their hard work and service. We also remember ten years ago when thousands of people came to Accrington to celebrate the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visiting our town.

I invite Hyndburn to join me in raising a glass to the queen, reflecting and celebrating the Platinum Jubilee. God save the queen, three cheers Ma’am.