A right Royal dust-up ahead of Queen’s visit to Sheffield

Sheffield Cathedral cleaning ahead of the Queen's Maundi Thursday visit.
Sheffield Cathedral cleaning ahead of the Queen's Maundi Thursday visit.
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Her Majesty’s unlikely to spot a fleck of dust up there... but you can’t be too careful.

Preparations are under way for the Queen’s visit to Sheffield next week – including a clean-up of the city’s cathedral where she will attend a special service.

Queen Elizabeth II. Pic: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Queen Elizabeth II. Pic: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The cathedral was given a spring clean to make sure everything is spick and span – a vacuum cleaner with an extra-long hose was even used to take care of those hard-to-reach places.

Thousands are expected to flock to the city centre for a glimpse of Her Majesty, who will be accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh next Thursday.

A number of roads will be closed and safety barriers erected to help control the crowds of onlookers.

Campo Lane, Hartshead, York Street, St James’ Street, Vicar Lane, St James’ Row, Orchard Street, Leopold Street, Church Street, High Street, Norfolk Street, Norfolk Row, Surrey Street, Balm Green, Holly Street, Pinstone Street, Burgess Street, West Street, George Street and Mulberry Street will all be closed to traffic.

Queen Elizabeth II. Pic: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Queen Elizabeth II. Pic: John Stillwell/PA Wire

The Queen will be in Sheffield to distribute silver coins – known as the Royal Maundy – to 89 men and 89 women from South Yorkshire.

Coins are traditionally given by the British Monarch or a royal official at a Church of England service on Maundy Thursday, the day before Good Friday.

The Queen chooses a different place each year to distribute the coins.

It will be Her Majesty’s first visit to the city since she opened the University of Sheffield’s Motor Neurone Disease centre in November 2010.

Lord Mayor of Sheffield Coun Peter Rippon, said: “I am sure that the people of Sheffield will give the Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh a warm and enthusiastic Yorkshire welcome.

“This Royal visit – the Queen’s first visit to Sheffield since 2010 – will be a huge boost for the city and for Yorkshire.

“I look forward to welcoming the Royal party on what will be an undoubtedly significant occasion.”

People will have the chance to see the Royal party on Thursday morning outside the Cathedral and along Fargate.

Following the cathedral service, the Royal visitors will be served a civic lunch at Sheffield Town Hall.

Supertram will be affected by the visit with services from Meadowhall and Halfway into the city centre terminating at Fitzalan Square.

Trams from the north of the city will be replaced by a bus service because of track replacement work.

And buses that normally use High Street and Church Street will divert to Arundel Gate, Charter Row and Carver Street.

To help reduce congestion in the city centre, people planning on driving to the event can park in Meadowhall’s car park and use a tram or train to get into the city centre.

* See tomorrow’s Star for your guide to the Queen’s visit to Sheffield

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