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Appeal: David Moody.
Appeal: David Moody.

PEOPLE in South Yorkshire with a special connection to the Queen’s coronation are being given a last chance to join a special service of celebration.

The 60th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation is to be marked by a service at Westminster Abbey, London, on Tuesday, June 4 – and 12 South Yorkshire people are to be picked to attend.

The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the Royal Family are all due to attend the event.

While last year’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations marked the Queen’s accession to the throne, the coronation took place more than a year later, on Tuesday, June 2, 1953.

David Moody, Lord-Lieutenant for South Yorkshire, said: “We have been notified that those attending the service should come from across the county and should have a suitable link to the coronation itself.

“We have space for six guests, who may be accompanied by one other person.”

The Lord-Lieutenant urged anyone who was born or married on the coronation day – or has any other significant connection to the event – to get in touch and apply for one of the places

Applicants should email or write, including contact details and a daytime phone number, as well as their link to the coronation to The Lieutenancy Office, 18 Regent Street, Barnsley S70 2HG or msmith@syjs.gov.uk.

Applications should arrive no later than next Tuesday, after which a ballot will be held for the places.