Manchester leaders get royal date

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 29, 2012

Manchester Jewish communal personalities were guests at a royal lunch during the Queen's visit to the city on her diamond jubilee tour.

In addition to Manchester City Council chief executive Sir Howard Bernstein, diners included Jeremy Myers, who has championed pride in the city since organising a major clean-up following last summer's riots.

Mr Myers, 34, who also works with the homeless, said it was a "a tremendous honour to be selected to dine with Her Majesty for anybody who does community or charity work, because they rarely get recognition for what they do".

Manchester Jewish Representative Council president Lucille Cohen also attended, as did curator Alexandra Grimes and Sandra O'Nions from Manchester's Jewish Museum, which is heavily involved in interfaith work.

The royal programme also included an indoor garden party at which Manchester Jewish Representative Council executive members Louis Rapaport and David Arnold were among the guests.

Last updated: 3:11pm, March 30 2012