Families have partied across Huddersfield to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

From the lighting of the beacon on Castle Hill to the Jubilee Family Fun Day and Big Jubilee Lunch at Greenhead Park, families have got together to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the start of the Queen’s reign.

Coats not T-shirts were the order of the day as families brought their picnics to Greenhead Park on Saturday.

Clr Naheed Mather, Kirklees Council’s Cabinet member for the environment, joined hundreds of people enjoying the entertainment in Greenhead Park.

She said: “It was great to see families enjoying themselves in Greenhead Park which is one of our jewels in the crown.

“Lots of people brought picnics and blankets and, yes, we needed our coats but at least it didn’t rain! After the last two of years of the pandemic it’s been great to give people an extended bank holiday to meet up with friends and family again.

“We’ve all been isolated at home and Zoom and Teams are all right but nothing beats seeing people face to face.”

Clr Naheed Mather

On Thursday night, the new Mayor of Kirklees Clr Masood Ahmed launched the four-day weekend by lighting the beacon on Castle Hill. The beacon was one of 1,500 around the country lit at the same time.

Away from the bigger events dozens of roads have been closed across Kirklees for neighbours to get together to hold street parties, and even after Sunday there are more events planned.

“It doesn’t finish on Sunday,” said Clr Mather. “There’s lots more still to come.”

Greenhead Park gallery by: SEAN DOYLE. Castle Hill images by: Kirklees Council and Damian Cameron on Twitter