Communities Come Together To Celebrate Diamond Jubilee And Armed Forces


People from across three communities are being urged to come together and join in celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and Armed Forces.

The Provosts of Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire and Inverclyde, along with the Lord Lieutenant of Renfrewshire Guy Clark, are inviting their local residents to join them for a special service on Saturday 21 April.

The service, in Paisley Abbey, is open to all and will mark the start of a series of celebrations in the three areas leading up to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee (2 June) and Armed Forces Day (30 June).

Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson said: “This is a service for everyone to come together and mark the historic occasion of the Diamond Jubilee as well as to pay tribute to all the local men and women who have served or are currently serving in the armed forces. I hope to see lots of local residents coming out to join us for this celebration.”

Inverclyde’s Provost Michael McCormick said: “The service comes just a few weeks before the country will unite to mark the Queen’s sixty years on the throne and before the annual occasion to honour Britain’s Armed Forces past and present. I hope people grasp this unique opportunity for celebration and to express their gratitude to her Majesty’s lifetime of service to her country and the people who put their lives on the line in their country’s service.”

East Renfrewshire Provost Alex Mackie said: “This is an opportunity for every one of us to celebrate the role carried out on our behalf by our armed forces. It is also a once in a generation opportunity to celebrate the Diamond jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen. Not only do we have the joint event in Paisley Abbey, but the three councils are each staging local events for residents to show their support.”

Over the last few years the three Provosts and the Lord Lieutenant have worked together to honour local servicemen and women for joint Armed Forces Day events.

The service takes place on Saturday 21 April, at 10am in Paisley Abbey followed by tea and coffee for everyone.