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Marlborough’s mayor and churches combine to salute the Queen’s jubilee

 

A special thanksgiving service to mark the Queen’s diamond jubilee is to be held at St Mary’s, Marlborough’s parish church, on Monday February 6 – the actual anniversary of her accession to the throne.

It is being organised by Marlborough’s mayor, Councillor Alexander Kirk Wilson, together with the town’s combined churches, invitations to the event going out from the town hall to 10 local organisations inviting them to take part.

And residents in general will be welcomed at 7.30pm event, to be conducted by the Rev Andrew Studdert-Kennedy, Rector of Marlborough.

“The service is going to follow a fairly formal pattern and it will contain the material used for the accession service from the Book of Common Prayer,” he told Marlborough News Online.

“We are also going to use quite a lot of the liturgy from the Queen’s golden jubilee service at St Paul’s cathedral 10 years ago, which I am being allowed to borrow for the occasion.  There will be appropriate readings and a very good litany of thanksgiving, as well as a chance to sing hymns that genuinely reflect the occasion and give thanks.”

He added: “I am fully aware that a Monday evening in February isn’t the most friendly of times for a service but it is a way of marking the start of the celebrations that are to take place in the town throughout the year.”

Preparations for the diamond jubilee are well under way in Marlborough and throughout the country is has been noted that there have been more applications for street parties than at the royal wedding last April.

“I’m really pleased to hear that,” said the Rector.  “The royal wedding was much more a success than was first thought it might be and maybe that has whetted the appetite for doing something better next time, on this occasion for the Queen.”

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