Civic Service for the Jubilee – Thank you from Fr Alex, the Deputy Lieutenant and Cllr Mark Stidworthy, Ilkley Mayor

What a wonderful celebration we had on Sunday evening, which I’m sure will live long in all our memories.  More than 250 people came to experience a feast of words and music in honour of HM The Queen.  A great number expressed their delight with the service, and our welcome. We started planning this service in January, and so many people have given so much time and energy to putting it on.  I would like to offer my heartfelt thanks to everyone who volunteered in any way to its organisation and delivery, from welcoming, to providing the beautiful flowers, to serving the refreshments, and everything else. And of course Christopher and our splendid musicians, who were simply stunning!

The collection raised £886.35 to be split between the three charities.

You can read more about the service on Ilkley Chat here

The Deputy Lieutenant and the Mayor have both written with words of thanks.


From the Deputy Lieutenant:

“I just wanted to send a note of thanks for the invitation to what was a wonderful celebration service yesterday.  Fr Alex was very welcoming, as was Bishop Toby and the Mayor Mark Stidworthy.  A huge congratulations to everyone for putting on such a fabulous event.  It was the perfect end to an incredible Platinum Jubilee weekend.”

From the Mayor:

“The whole service was exceptional, from the quality and content of the order of service to the music, readings and homily, and just the whole turnout and ambience.  Those who attended really experienced something worthy of such a historic occasion, and will have left with thoughts and memories to value into the future.  I am so pleased that all of the planning and preparation was so worthwhile, and thank you all.  Please pass on my thanks also to the teams of wardens, ushers, refreshment servers, musicians and flower arrangers, and everybody else involved in putting the service together.”

The order of service for this special occasion is here.