Around 600 guests from across North Yorkshire and Teesside who went 'above and beyond' during the pandemic have attended a Platinum Jubilee garden party in the shadow of York Minster.
The giant party was hosted in the Deanery Garden on Saturday afternoon by the Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Johanna Ropner, and the Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell - just back from preaching at the Queen's thanksgiving service at St Paul's Cathedral in London on Friday.
The event, which included music performed by the Band of the Yorkshire Regiment and the Shepherd Group Youth Band, was held to thank and honour members of the community for their voluntary service and, in particular, their contributions during the pandemic.
The Lord-Lieutenant said that from members of charitable groups to emergency service workers, there were many hundreds of everyday heroes who had gone out of their way over the past two years to make things better for others. She said: “There have been so many local heroes, and just normal people ‘doing good things’, really pulling together and going above and beyond in their communities. This is a way to really celebrate what everybody has been doing, with our own garden party.”
She said the event celebrated what the Queen had achieved in her time, and of the goodness in our time.
The Archbishop said: “As we mark the dedicated service of Her Majesty The Queen over the past 70 years, it’s fantastic to be able to gather together people who give freely of their time and talents to serve others, especially those who have done so much during the past two years. What they do week in, week out improves the lives of all our communities. Honouring their contribution feels like a good way of celebrating the service of Her Majesty The Queen to our nation."
Later, there was a service of celebration to mark the jubilee,with special prayers, readings and celebratory music sung by the Choir of York Minster.