MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

 THE Diamond Jubilee celebrations may be over but it’s pleasing to see the Union flags are still flying high here in Fylde.

The celebrations, of course, began with the magnificent river pageant on The Thames on the Sunday and I was lucky enough to be there and the spectacle was incredible.

You did not need to the BBC to tell you there were over a million people lining the banks of the Thames – I’ve never seen central London so busy.

Despite the drizzle there were no dampened spirits as wave after wave of cheers greeted the flotilla and, of course, there was an enormous reception when the barge Her Majesty was on sailed past.

On Monday, like the barges I was off upstream, so-to-speak, heading back to Fylde for yet more celebrations.

I tried to attend every event I was invited to, first heading to the Royal Estate at the appropriately named, The Mall in St Annes, to open their terrific street party.

And although I couldn’t stay throughout I had a wonderful time with all generations getting involved and really enjoying themselves.

Next it was on to The Boulevard in Fairhaven for another street party organised by Cllr Cheryl Little.

Any of you who know Cheryl will know that she knows how to have fun and the party did not disappoint.

Then it was on to Park View Road Playing Fields, one of only about 20 parks in the UK to be given official Jubilee status to take part in the festivities there before heading to my final stop – Warton Village Hall – for the lighting of their Jubilee beacon.

Mayor of Fylde, Cllr Heather Speak, was on hand to light the beacon at what was another terrific celebration and great credit must go to Byrning-with-Warton Parish Council for making it happen.

They certainly did Fylde proud.

Throughout the weekend it was fantastic to see so many people, young and old, enjoying themselves and showing their passion and patriotism.

I hope the Jubilee made everyone feel proud to be British and I am sure Her Majesty will also have enjoyed herself, despite the Duke of Edinburgh’s unfortunate illness.

It showed how well respect The Queen is by the nation and again, gave pause for reflection on her unwavering, inspiring decades of public service.

Let us all hope that she will be around long enough for a Platinum Jubilee celebration.

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