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Exeter Cathedral hosted a special service on Sunday (27 May) to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
The service was part of the nationwide celebrations taking place throughout the year to give thanks for the devoted service the Queen has given the nation and commonwealth over six decades.
Local towns and parishes across Devon nominated people to attend who have made huge contributions to the lives of those in their communities as ‘unsung heroes’. With their guests, they attended the service on Sunday and garden parties in the Bishop’s Garden before and after.
As part of the service the Bishop of Exeter presented the ‘Big Book of Thanks’.
The large leather bound book contains hundreds of pages of written tributes from children and adults in honour the Queen’s Jubilee. It travelled around Devon’s churches and church schools for two months earlier this year, collecting tributes, drawings and messages of thanks and support. It has also been on display in Exeter Cathedral collecting more signatures over the last three weeks.
Bishop Michael presented the book to the Lord-Lieutenant of Devon, Eric Dancer, who is the Queen’s representative in the County. It is now to be passed on to Her Majesty the Queen.
Bishop Michael said: “It has been wonderful to see how many people have wanted to share their own stories, and their tributes to Her Majesty the Queen. The book is a token of the regard in which she is held by people across Devon, young and old.”
In his own personal tribute, he thanked the Queen for her “inspiration, example and commitment to duty.”
Eric Dancer, the Lord Lieutenant of Devon, said:
“As we reflect on these past 60 years, we can see it as a period in history when some of the most profound changes have taken place in the world.
“Throughout all of this time, The Queen through her leadership has inspired hope, co-operation and unity across the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.
“This special service is an opportunity for the people of Devon, from all walks of life and faiths, to come together to say thank you to Her Majesty for her outstanding service and dedication to our Nation.
“We send our very best wishes to Her Majesty and all the members of the Royal Family.”