The Odd Fellows of Manchester or Manchester Unity were formed in 1810, born from a dissatisfaction with the ruling body of the time, The Grand United Order. Typically, the ‘quiet’ revolution that started in Manchester, would eventually spread around the world and to the formation of many self governing new Orders, in particular in America.
For further reading on the history of the Odd Fellows please see click on this Wiki link – Odd Fellows
In 2012, Her Majesty The Queen will be celebrating her Diamond Jubilee – her 60th year on the throne and as part of the celebrations, she along with His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, will be visiting Manchester on Friday 23rd March. After arriving at Grade II-listed Manchester Victoria station, she will be visiting the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, the Royal College of Music, Manchester town hall and Manchester Central. The Queen will also be visiting Salford, where she will be officially opening the BBC Media City UK Building, if she can only get past Dr Who nemesis, the Daleks, at Media City.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will also be visiting the new University of Salford building where she will be greeted by students and lectures, along with the Chancellor Dr Irene Khan (A former Secretary General of Amnesty International and newly appointed Director-General of the prestigious International Development Law Organisation (IDLO), Chairman of the University’s Council Dr Alan Mawson (founder director of independent venture capital firm, Electra Innvote in 1989), Vice-Chancellor Professor Martin Hall (historical archaeologist and strategic leader) and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Dr Adrian Graves. On the visit they will be shown around the new facility and also be shown the a new art installation entitled Decode/ Recode, marking 100 years since the birth of pioneering computer scientist and mathematician Alan Turing.
The installation has been created by artists, scientists, academics and students from across the globe to collaborate on this globally networked interactive work.
Those wanting to hold a celebration for the Queens Jubilee weekend – June 1 to June 5 or up until the 24th June 2012, can get up to £200 under the Manchester Diamond Celebrations scheme. Community and neighbourhood groups can apply from April 13th 2012.See Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother being greeted by the the Manchester Regiment in Manchester in 1951 –BRITISH PATHE
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