As the Queen's Diamond Jubilee weekend approaches, Manchester is gearing up for the celebrations.
Manchester City Council has awarded grants of up to £200 to 230 community organisations and schools under its Manchester Diamond Celebrations scheme to help them host their own street parties and other events.
The Council has also helped arrange 37 road closures to enable street parties to go ahead.
Lord Mayor of Manchester Councillor Elaine Boyes will light Manchester's Diamond Jubilee Beacon on top of Manchester Cathedral on the evening of Monday 4 June. The beacon is one of more than 2,000 being lit across the United Kingdom and Commonwealth. For more information about them visit www.diamondjubileebeacons.co.uk
Exchange Square will be hosting a Big Lunch from 11am to 2pm on Sunday 3 June encouraging people to bring along a picnic and join a nationwide get-together. The Summer House pop-up bar will be serving a range of delicious food, including Jubilee-themed treats. And while people tuck in, the square's BBC Big Sreen will be showing footage from Big Lunches around the country.
The Diamond Jubilee Concert organised by Take That's Gary Barlow, and featuring a host of music's biggest names, will also be broadcast on the big screen from 7pm to 10.30pm on Monday 4 June. Coverage of Manchester's beacon will be shown on the big screen during the concert.
And the commemorations are rounded off with more big screen coverage, this time of the Thanksgiving service from 9.15am to 1pm on Tuesday 5 June and procession from 1-3.45pm.
During the run-up to the Jubilee weekend, Manchester primary schools will also be getting a flavour of the festivities. Manchester Fayre, the council's school meals provider, will be providing flags and bunting to decorate school dining rooms as well as a special Jubilee-themed party menu.
Councillor Sue Murphy, deputy leader of Manchester City Council, said: "The Queen's Jubilee, as well as other celebrations taking place this summer, is providing an ideal opportunity for Manchester residents to hold events enabling people to come together and demonstrate their pride in their communities.
"We have set out to support people wanting to hold their own events, and made it as easy as possible for them, and the response has been impressive. The diamond jubilee beacon will be another significant Manchester contribution to proceedings.
"Manchester has already played its part in the Jubilee celebrations by hosting the Queen's visit in March and I'm sure the next few days will add to those memories."
Dean of Manchester Rogers Govender said: "Manchester Cathedral is pleased to host the the diamond jubilee beacon on its rooftop to mark Her Majesty's 60 years on the throne. The Diamond Jubilee is a wonderful celebration of her life, witness and service to the nation through challenging as well as good times. I encourage all the people of our great city of Manchester to mark the diamond jubilee and to support our Queen and all that she does for her people."