Villages show the cities of Yorkshire how to party in style

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FOR many of those living in Yorkshire’s cities, the idea of even knowing your neighbour’s names - let alone celebrating with them - is a thing of the past.

Whereas the Silver Jubilee in 1977 was marked by entire communities joining together for street parties, the Diamond Jubilee hasn’t, for the most part, inspired the same fervour.

However, the patrotic spirit is very much alive and well in some pockets of Yorkshire, where villages have spent months raising money for Jubilee events.

In Carleton, near Skipton, every child in the village will receive a commemorative jubilee coin, an echo of 1977 when children were issued with a Jubilee Crown.

Fundraising events have been taking place over the last year to raise enough money for a huge party to be held between Friday, June 1 and Tuesday, June 5.

Chairman of Carleton’s jubilee organising committee, Steve Richardson, said: “Carleton has a very long tradition of joining in with national celebrations.

“A year ago, we had a meeting and realised there was definitely a desire to do something. I thought then that, if we were going to do it, we should do it better than it’s ever been done before.”

Around £4,000 has been raised to fund events in Carleton including a lantern procession, a fireworks display, a gala day, a Big Band evening and a beacon-lighting celebration.

Mr Richardson added: “For people to have an excuse to get together, kick of their shoes and relax, I think you can’t beat it.”

Meanwhile, in Follifoot, near Harrogate, a party will be held on Monday, June 4 after a full year of fundraising.

Anne Dewsnip, chairman of the Follifoot Social Committee, said: “Follifoot is a very friendly village with a great community and everyone has pulled together to raise a fantastic amount of money for what hopes to be the party of the Queen’s reign.”

In Paddock, near Huddersfield, a huge street party will be held, complete with fireworks, live music and dance.

Dan Brown, from the organising committee, said; “In coming together to celebrate, we aim to increase the community cohesion and give people of Paddock a sense of pride in where they live.”

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