Jubilee fever sweeps city

Wakefield Cathedral celebrates the Diamond Jubilee -The procession makes off through the city centre

Wakefield Cathedral celebrates the Diamond Jubilee -The procession makes off through the city centre

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ROYAL and party fever swept across the city as thousands celebrated the Queen’s diamond jubilee.

More than 400 people were served lunch outside Wakefield Cathedral as part of the Big Jubilee Lunch event on Sunday, before moving indoors to escape the downpours.

Ossett Picnic in the Precinct jubilee celebrations.'Karen Shipperley, Emily Wood and Rita Gilding

Ossett Picnic in the Precinct jubilee celebrations.'Karen Shipperley, Emily Wood and Rita Gilding

Children dressed up as kings and queens for a royal parade from the town hall, led by the Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire Dr Ingrid Roscoe and her deputies, and the new Mayor of Wakefield Coun Elaine Blezard.

Wakefield Cathedral fundraiser Terry Rigg said the event was a big success despite some rain.

He said: “We thought the weather might put people off but it was great to see such a good turnout.

“It was a really nice event and a fitting tribute.”

People in Ossett celebrated with a picnic on the shopping precinct, while they were entertained by the Horbury Victoria Band, wrestling performances and a magician.

Families sang patriotic songs as the event drew to a close on Saturday afternoon.

For jubilee coverage from across the city, see Friday’s Express.