Did you meet the Queen in Burnley?

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DON’T miss your weekend Express for lots more on the Queen’s planned visit to Burnley this year and a look back at her pervious trips to the town.

Were you one of the children who made the Queen jump the last time she was in Burnley? More than 100 youngsters from Wellfield, St Mary’s, St Stephen’s and Barden junior schools danced and shouted to welcome the Royal visitor. Reports from the time record her being startled as she walked into the theatre at the Mechanics in 1987 after unveiling a plaque commemorating her visit.

The Queen chatted with some of the dancers before meeting councillors and officials from Burnley Council, and the town’s then MP, Peter Pike. He remembers the day vividly, and the dash from Parliament the night before.

He is looking forward to her visit in May. “I think its incredible a person of 86 should be undertaking a rigorous tour like she is doing, and I am delighted she has chosen to come to Burnley. It’s great for the town to have this opportunity.”

MP Gordon Birtwistle was among local councillors presented to the Queen in 1987 and hopes to be invited to join the celebrations in May. “I’m delighted the Queen is coming,” he said. “It’s good for Burnley.”

The task of co-ordinating the Royal visit falls to Burnley Chief Executive Steve Rumbelow, who said: “It is an honour to be included in the Queen’s itinerary, and I am sure Burnley will give her a warm welcome.”

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