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Platinum Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving in Driffield

A special Platinum Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving took place in Driffield before the lighting of the beacon to celebrate the Queen’s historic 70 years of service.

The Thanksgiving Service took place at Driffield Methodist Church on Thursday evening and was led by Rev Rob Case.

The service as attended by High Sheriff of the East Riding Jacky Bowes and Mayor of Driffield Cllr Mark Blakeston who took the congregation back to 1953 as he remembered how Driffield celebrated the Coronation.

A medley of songs from the Queen’s reign was performed by the Driffield Male Voice Choir, conducted by Leonie Creswell and accompanied by Sam Austin. Deacon Keith Gough delivered a reading and Father David White gave a sermon at the service which closed with a rousing rendition of the national anthem.

Ahead of the Beacon Lighting Ceremony at All Saints’ Church are Barbara Hall, Denise Dunnington, Town Crier Brian Fairfield, Driffield Mayor Cllr Mark Blakeston, Rev Stuart Grant, Shirley Franklin MBE and Sarah Blakeston.

The congregation then made their way to All Saints’ Parish Church for a preview of the Driffield in Bloom Platinum Jubilee Flower Festival and refreshments before people made their way into the grounds of the church.

Piper Mark Jamieson from the East Riding Pipe Band played a specially written piece to celebrate the Jubilee titled Diu Reguare, followed by the Bugle Call by Luke Gledhill.

At 9.45pm, in line with beacon lightings across the country and the Commonwealth, Driffield’s beacon was lit by Driffield in Bloom volunteer and committee member Shirley Franklin MBE and mayor Cllr Mark Blakeston.

Speaking after the lighting, Mrs Franklin, who at the age of 97 is still an active member of Driffield in Bloom helping to keep the town looking vibrant and colourful with their flowerbeds and displays, said: “I was extremely pleased and honoured to be asked to light the beacon and it was a wonderful experience to be part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

“I think the celebrations are absolutely wonderful and the town looks sparklingly beautiful, everybody has made such an effort.”

The Bugle Call was played by Luke Gledhill.

Cllr Blakeston said he felt it had been a great end to a great day for Driffield.

“From a community point of view today has been a fantastic day for Driffield, everything has just come together,” he said.

“The town centre was busy with families taking part in the Corgi Trail and there was such a good atmosphere and this evening the celebrations have been wonderful.”

Driffield Town Clerk Claire Binnington added: “Driffield Town Council was delighted with the Thanksgiving Service and Beacon Lighting Ceremony, and the numbers who attended to give thanks for the service of the Queen on the occasion of her Platinum Jubilee and we would like to thank all those who contributed to the wonderful event.”

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