People of Sheffield thanked as 10,000 turn out for the Queen

Queen visits Sheffield Cathedral for the Maundy Thursday service views of Fargate
Queen visits Sheffield Cathedral for the Maundy Thursday service views of Fargate
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The people of Sheffield have been thanked for creating a ‘brilliant, celebratory atmosphere’ as 10,000 people turned out for today’s royal visit.

Chief Superintendent David Hartley, District Commander for Sheffield, said the Queen’s visit had been a fantastic day for the city.

Hundreds of officers, PCSOs, police staff and special constables were on duty in the city centre today, with police from six neighbouring forces also called in to assist.

Details of the cost of policing today’s event have yet to be confirmed.

C/Supt Hartley said: “This was a significant event for the city and was the culmination of several weeks of planning alongside a range of partner agencies.

“The crowds played a huge part in making the event a success with people of all ages gathering in the city centre – making for a brilliant, celebratory atmosphere.

“Our officers and staff were outstanding and professional throughout. I’m extremely proud of everyone who played a part in making this event such a success for Sheffield and South Yorkshire and one that will live long in the memory.”

Sheffield Council have estimated between 9,000 and 10,000 people were out on the streets of Sheffield for the royal visit, which included a special service at Sheffield Cathedral and a civic lunch at the Town Hall.

Crowds began gathering in the city centre from early in the monring with the royal party arriving shortly before 11am.

The Royal Maundy Service took place in front of guests and dignitaries before The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh travelled up Fargate, waving to the crowds as they made their way to the Town Hall for a civic lunch.

They left South Yorkshire at 3pm.