Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester Diamond Jubilee Celebration, Gorton Monastery

PUBLISHED: 16:47 07 August 2012 | UPDATED: 21:42 20 February 2013

Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester Warren Smith and Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester Paul Denby

Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester Warren Smith and Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester Paul Denby

Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Mr Warren J. Smith, could not have chosen a grander venue for a Diamond Jubilee Celebration in Gorton Monastery.

Her Majestys Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Mr Warren J. Smith, could not have chosen a grander venue for a Diamond Jubilee Celebration. Gorton Monastery, the recently restored Grade 1 listed building, in Manchester, was the setting for the black tie dinner.

Built by E.W. Pugin in 1863 as the home and place of worship of Franciscan friars, the Monastery is now a deconsecrated events centre of gothic proportions. Some 480 guests - including knights of the realm, civic dignitaries and religious leaders from Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Lancashire - enjoyed a five-course meal in the splendour of the banqueting hall which retains much of its cathedralesque features.

Guests enjoyed entertainment from students at Chethams School of Music, as well as rousing operatic arias culminating in a patriotic flag-waving sing-song. The Lord Lieutenant raised a toast to Her Majesty and gave thanks for her devoted service to her subjects.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY PAUL SWEENEY

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