The first of the five Civic Services across Lancashire has taken place at St John’s Church in Blackpool.
It will be followed by further local services in Lancaster tonight at 6.30pm; Burnley tomorrow at 11am; Preston, also tomorrow, at 2pm and finally the County Civic Memorial Service at Blackburn Cathedral on Sunday afternoon at 2pm. More details below.
The Dean of Blackburn spoke about the Civic Services in a message to the people of Lancashire earlier this week which is still available on our YouTube channel here.
The service in Blackpool was led by Rev. Andy Dykes, with a sermon by Rt Rev. Dr Jill Duff, Bishop of Lancaster. After the service, Bishop Jill said: “At this time of national mourning it was valuable to come together to grieve, to pray and to give thanks for the life of Her Late Majesty. Together we prayed for King Charles and our nation; that we may go forward as a united kingdom in the years ahead.”
Tonight’s service at Lancaster will be livestreamed, as will the service in Burnley and the County service at the Cathedral. Meanwhile, additional services to remember Her Late Majesty are also taking place in our many parishes scattered across the County. To find your nearest one visit www.achurchnearyou.com
A selection of pictures from all the services will be uploaded as soon as possible after the they take place to the Diocesan flickr feed here.
The Cathedral Civic County Memorial Service will begin at 2pm on Sunday afternoon and due to the large number of attendees expected there will be ticketing. A limited number of seats are being made available to the public on a first-come first-served basis. You can book seats here (first come, first served with the booking) and the livestream will be available here. The remaining Civic Services are as follows:
Further updates for shorter news pieces:
Captions for the above pictures in downward order:
All pictures by Clive Lawrence
Top Banner - A tribute to Her Late Majesty outside the church in the shadow of Blackpool Tower
Pic 1 - Jennie Peall, Sector Manager for the Blackpool and Fylde North West Ambulance Service signs the book of condolence.
Pic 2 - Rt Rev. Dr Jill Duff, Bishop of Lancaster, leads prayers at the Civic Service alongside Blackpool Church St John’s Vicar, Rev. Andy Dykes.
Pic 3 - A chance to reflect for those who attended the Civic Service at Blackpool Church St John’s.