Queen sends best wishes for Ribble Valley Music Festival

HM The Queen has conveyed her best wishes to all involved with the Ribble Valley Music Festival. (s)
HM The Queen has conveyed her best wishes to all involved with the Ribble Valley Music Festival. (s)

Good wishes from Her Majesty the Queen have given a right royal boost to a local music festival.

HM The Queen has conveyed her best wishes to all involved with the Ribble Valley Music Festival which starts with a Royal Salute concert to celebrate her 90th birthday and her becoming the longest-reigning monarch in the United Kingdom.

The Queen expressed her interest in the festival’s events within the Ribble Valley over the remainder of the year and how it raises funds to support the churches and abbeys in which the concerts are held.

Festival chairman Clive Greenwood said: “We are humbled and honoured with the best wishes from The Queen and Her Majesty’s recognition of the meaningful purpose of the festival. There could not be a higher commendation in the land to a music festival.”

The festival’s opening Royal Salute concert takes place at the St Mary’s Centre, Clitheroe, at 7-30 pm on April 23rd, two days after The Queen’s actual birthday when she will become the first living British monarch to reach the age of 90.

The concert will relate to events since Her Majesty came to the throne on February 6th 1952 upon the death of her father George V1, which was followed by her coronation on 2nd June 1953. The past six decades will be brought to life with music and events performed by Championship section Wingates Band, soprano Caitlin Wineyard and actors from Stage Two Drama Group. There will be specially commissioned poetry and spirited flag waving sing-along with all the prom favourites plus some special surprises. Red, white and blue attire is optional.

Advanced tickets (£10) are available from the St Mary’s Centre, Roy Porter Butcher, Chatburn, or by calling 01200 422828 or 01254 384893. All proceeds will be donated to the St Mary’s Centre and there will be a pay bar.

For the chance to win two tickets to the Royal Salute Concert send your name, address and phone number to senior reporter Julie Magee, at Limestone Suite, Fern Court Business Centre, Castlegate, Clitheroe, BB7 1AZ, by April 15th. A winner will be chosen at random.