It is Maundy Thursday and the Queen is visiting The Sparkle Club's home town of Blackburn. She will bring the Easter tradition of handing out Maundy money to Blackburn Cathedral .

The service will see 88 men and 88 women aged over 70 given specially minted coins in recognition of their work in the church and the community.

It has its origin in the commandment to "love one another", issued by Jesus to his disciples after he had washed their feet on the day before Good Friday.

Members of the royal family have taken part in Maundy ceremonies since the 13th Century but coins were first used in the reign of Charles II.

The 176 recipients, one man and one woman for each year of the Queen's life, will receive two bags of coins - a red purse of normal money and a white purse of silver Maundy coins.

Unlike normal coinage, which have been updated as the Queen has aged, the specially-minted coins carry the original portrait used on coins issued in 1953, the year of her coronation.