3rd Dec, 2016

Vale flies flags for Her Majesty's big day

Rob George 17th Jun, 2016 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

VALE residents of all ages celebrated Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday in style with a series of events.

Badsey First School were joined by two special guests at their celebratory lunch as 90-year-old Beryl Redgewell and Evesham’s MP Nigel Huddleston joined children in enjoying delicious fish and chips followed by strawberries and cream.

Following the lunch the special guests were treated to a country dance spectacular where all the children performed a Cumberland Reel on the school field.

Headteacher Julie Jones, said: “Many happy memories were created that day and the children took home a special commemorative coin as a memento of this special occasion

Mr Huddleston said: “The event provided me with an excuse to wear my Union Jack jacket and I had a fantastic time meeting many of the children who were all dressed in red, white and blue and who sang God Save the Queen beautifully.”

All 439 pupils from Bengeworth CE Academy in Evesham dressed in red, white and blue for the occasion.

Youngsters gathered at the Burford Road site to watch each year group perform a variety of dancing, singing and musical acts before lighting candles, singing a hearty ‘Happy Birthday’ and sharing out the substantial cake, prepared by catering staff earlier in the week.

The festivities concluded with staff and pupils enjoying a picnic lunch together before settling back into their usual routines.

Deputy headteacher Hayley Potter organised the event and said: “It was a delightful way to mark such a unique occasion, and a wonderful memory for the children to treasure in years to come.”

Each class at Harvington First School made home-made jam tarts and scones for the celebrations before a whole school picnic on the day.

After eating the delicious home-made treats, the whole school came together and enjoyed a very British sing song of Jerusalem, Land Of Hope Of Glory, Rule Britannia and God Save Our Queen.

Flags, cakes and the National Anthem all added to the excitement of the Pershore Civic Service to mark the Queen’s Birthday.

The Pershore Abbey congregation included Angela Brinton, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire, Pershore Mayor and Mayoress Bob Gilmor and Sandra Young, town MP Harriet Baldwin and her husband Jim, representatives of various local organisations and Town Clerk Ann Dobbins.

The church service included the singing of the National Anthem and a children’s grand parade of over a dozen birthday cakes, each cake decorated to represent a period in the Queen’s life.

Rev Claire Lording said: “Her Majesty sets an amazing example. She combines her very real faith with her life of responsibilities – it seems so apt for a civic service in the Abbey.”