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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 10:45 UK time, Tuesday, 14 March 2006

Excitement is mounting as Buckley's residents past and present prepare for the town's 150th anniversary of its annual procession or, as Jackie writes from Miami: "July 2006 will be rockin'". Buckley Jubilee is basically a celebration of faith as the different church and chapel groups parade together around the town. But it has become much more than that and, until recently, workers at some local factories were given a day's paid leave to attend the event which is still seen by many as a local public holiday.

People come far too. Ex Pat Alison returns home from Singapore to attend the festival. She remembers: "The first time I nearly missed a jubilee was when I was 19 years old and working for the Post Office in Chester in 1970. I hadn't thought to book a half day's leave as I'd assumed that I would just be given the time off to go. After all, that was my birthright, wasn't it?"

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