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A gift from the Queen

Brian Milner, who is to receive historic Maundy Money from The Queen at Blackburn Community with Father Paul Benfield from St. Nicholas Church.

Brian Milner, who is to receive historic Maundy Money from The Queen at Blackburn Community with Father Paul Benfield from St. Nicholas Church.

Two Fleetwood men will receive historic Maundy Money from the Queen at a special ceremony on Thursday.

Brian Milner and Stan Campy will attend a service at Blackburn Cathedral to receive the gift of special coins which The Queen will present to 88 female and 88 male pensioners, one for each year of her age.

The ceremony commemorates the Last Supper and dates back to medieval times.

Fr Paul Benfield, vicar at St Nicholas Church nominated Brian, and others, for services to church and community.

He said: “Local clergy received letters in the autumn asking for nominations. They were shortlisted by the diocese before being vetted by Buckingham Palace where the final decision was made.

“Brian is a retired churchwarden and has been at St Nicholas Church for the past 23 years. He still helps set up for funerals and weddings and for the church services.

“I’m very pleased he has been chosen. I nominated a few people and it’s great to have just one person selected.”

Mr Milner, who is 77 and lives in Elsinore Close, said he was very surprised when he received notification from Buckingham Palace.

Brian has raised lots of money over the years for charity through work with Fleetwood and Cleveleys Lions Club, and ran the Warren Farm Dream Scheme for eight years.

He said: “We have already attended a preview service at the cathedral to find out what to expect on the day.

“My wife will be with me and we are thorougly looking forward to it.”

Stan Campy, who is 83, will also be attending the service. He has served at St Wulstan’s Catholic Church for 60 years.

Wife Theresa said: “He has served as a Eucharistic Minister and still goes out to visit sick parishoners and takes Holy Communion to them.

“It was a surprise, it’s an honour and we are looking forward to the ceremony on Thursday.”

Once usually held in London, The Queen now insists on travelling to major Churches and Cathedrals round Britain to distribute the historic gifts at the service which dates back to medieval times.

 
 
 

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