Playing fields in Adlington have been granted a ‘royal seal of approval’ – and given a special plaque and royal sapling to prove it.

The fields by Fairview Youth and Community Centre have been designated as a Queen Elizabeth II Playing Field as part of the lasting legacy of the Diamond Jubilee and keeping alive the spirit of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

And at a special celebration to mark the occasion, a commemorative plaque was unveiled by the Mayor of Chorley, Councillor John Walker, and a Royal Oak sapling grown from an acorn from the Crown estate was planted by Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle. There was also a celebration cake and a day of family fun and activities.

The formal launch was organised by Fairview Youth and Community Association in conjunction with Chorley Council.

The Mayor unveiled the commemorative plaque and said: “Many of our Olympic and other sports stars started their careers on local green spaces such as this and this designation means that this playing field will be safeguarded for future generations to enjoy.”

Jeanette Lowe, secretary of the centre, said: “This is a proud day for the association and all the people who use the centre and who can now also enjoy outdoor sports and activities on our Queen Elizabeth II playing fields.”