Editorial May 23

Did you watch the coronation of King Charles the third? The comments of those who did were interesting. Some were reflections on those closely involved ; others on the traditional aspects of the service plus the deliberate inclusivity of all faiths; and yet more comments were about the whole spectacle of organising such a huge event.

The British certainly know how to put on a celebration and we have surely some of the most colourful and talented armed forces bands of any country.

Many of our photos this month are local coronation specials!  They include some of Leicestershire scouts, who with others from groups chosen by the royal couple, assisted with crowd stewarding. Spot also the Litter Pickers who took part in Monday’s Big Help Out.

There are of course photos of the many street parties and shared meals. The Welcome Kitchen held a coronation themed lunch which was well-attended and much appreciated.

Look out for The Welcome Kitchen resuming lunches in the autumn.

If there was a theme, other than Coronation Celebration, it was about inclusivity in its broadest sense: bringing people from different walks of life together for a shared purpose. One word ‘Community’.

The weekend of May 12/13 was Eurovision! Held of course in Liverpool UK but with plenty of photographic reminders that last year’s winners were  Ukraine, what better example of coming together, community and inclusivity is there? As one BBC presenter commented, “Eurovision does more for international relations than any meeting of politicians.”