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Queen enjoys royal visit to East Lancashire
4:10pm Wednesday 16th May 2012 in News
THOUSANDS of people turned out in Burnley and Accrington today to greet the Queen on her Jubilee tour of East Lancashire.
Accompanied by her husband the Duke of Edinburgh and son Prince Charles, she was welcomed to the county by the Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, Lord Shuttleworth, and a group of air cadets.
Highlights included a barge trip from Finsley Gate Wharf to Slaters Terrace.
Once there The Queen revealed how she was looking forward to enjoying the ‘hospitality and dynamism’ of the region, beginning with Burnley.
Other key highlights have included a visit to Burnley FC, for lunch and a performing arts showcase, as well as a tour around the Burnley College and UCLan campus.
This afternoon she also visited Accrington for a tour of the market and was also entertained with a parade through the town centre.
The royal party arrived at Manchester Road Railway Station and were greeted by a crowd of more than 300 people, including many children waving flags.
Dressed in a mint green floor length coat, matching hat, white gloves and black patent heels, The Queen waved at her loyal fans who had been gathering since 8.30am.
The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip was wearing a beige trench coat over a blue suit.
The Prince of Wales, the last royal member to greet the crowds, was wearing a grey suit and a yellow striped tie.
The royal party swiftly climbed into two vehicles ready to take them to Finsley Gate Wharf, where the Queen, got onto a barge, The Pride of Sefton, on the Liverpool Leeds canal to travel to Sandygate Wharf at the heart of the Weavers’ Triangle.
A crowd of around 100 people crammed onto the canal towpath to get a glimpse of the Royal party as they set off on their canal trip.
They were welcomed on to the barge by members of the Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale Sea Cadets.
As they made their way on board one member of the crowd shouted at Prince Charles, well known for his Burnley links, "Charlie, Charlie give us a wave."
The royal party then stood on the prow of the barge as it set sail before arriving at Sandygate Wharf where they walked straight into one of the old buildings.
After a short tour the royal party were shown a short film about the work of Prince Charles' charities in Burnley.
The Queen then praised their activities adding that they had "helped to make a considerable difference to the town and its people."
As the Queen left Slaters Terrace on her way to the Burnley College/UCLAN campus she was presented with flowers by Olivia Loftus and several other girls.
Prince Charles remained to take part in a regeneration conference at Weavers' Triangle.
At the college campus the Queen and Prince Philip were also greeted by hundreds of well wishers.
After a tour of the building and meeting excited students they were presented with a posie by six-year-old Alexandra Brown, daughter of Dr Martin Brown UCLan Burnley campus director.
She said: "I'm happy I gave her flowers it was exciting."
The red carpet was also rolled out at Turf Moor where the Queen is enjoying lunch.
On the menu was Pendle produced rack of lamb.
She was also entertained by local children in the stadium before leaving for Accrington.
After arriving in the town the couple were taken on a tour of the market hall.
The Queen and Prince Philip then waved to crowd from town hall balcony as god saves queen was played, and watched as local people took part in a special parade.
The Royal party then said their farewells to dignitaries before leaving the town.