The day we (almost) met the Queen…

Diamond Jubilee Garden Party Montage

Snapshots from the Lord Mayor's Garden Party

Did you see the coverage of the Queen’s visit to Manchester last week? And did you know that members of the Group and local community were there to join in at one of the biggest receptions to celebrate the event?

Richard Miller, who has chaired and been the secretary for the group for the last couple of years received the special invitation to represent the Group at the Lord Mayor of Manchester’s Garden Party, arranged for HM The Queen’s visit to the city as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour.

The event was saw a thousand community volunteers like Richard treated to an afternoon’s hospitality and entertainment in Manchester Central (formerly Gmex) which had been converted into a massive indoor garden, with ‘lawns’, moving statues, flowerpot-men and a bandstand featuring a range of orchestras, bands and choirs.

Guests of honour, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh walked about and chatted before settling down to a display of dance, cheerleading, sea-cadet drill and tai-kwondo provided by schools and community groups.

Accompanying Richard as his guest was Maria Morrison. Maria has live on the Arrowfield Road estate for the last 20 years, was badly attacked as she waited for a bus near her home at Christmas. She is thankfully making a fast and full recovery. The incident provoked shock in the local area, but has served as a catalyst for a lot of good will and neighbourliness. Maria’s attitude to her ordeal symbolises the positive spirit to be found in our neighbourhood, so the community group felt she was particularly deserving of the invitation.

Although we were’t supposed to, we managed to take some snaps of the day and there are more details about the event and the Queen’s visit on the M.E.N. website.

It was a great celebration of the communities of Manchester, and we were very proud to go along and represent our part of Chorlton and the Arrowfield and Hough End Community Action Group.

The Group is planning an event specifically to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in the summer. We’ll be making an announcement at our Easter Sunday event, or stay tuned for more information here.


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