Town throws right royal birthday bash
DOZENS of events were held across Macclesfield to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday.
Children at Bosley St Mary’s Primary School and King’s School made the most of the good weather with a patriotic garden party, while the more mature members of the community enjoyed an afternoon celebration hosted by Macclesfield’s Age UK.
Age UK guests enjoyed tea, cake, entertainment, sing-alongs and a visit from Macclesfield Mayor Alift Harewood-Jones during their afternoon celebration. The event was also organised to help tackle the issue of loneliness among older people in Cheshire East, and the Queen’s birthday was the perfect excuse for getting together and making new friends.
Damon Taylor, chief executive at Age UK Cheshire East, said: “We got great feedback and everyone seemed to have a good time so we’ll look to organise more events like this going forward.
“Huge thanks to Cheshire East Council for providing us with a grant which helped towards costs of the event.”
Teacher Rachel Mortishire-Smith said the children enjoyed glorious sunshine for their royal street part in the playground at St Mary’s.
She said: “The staff and children set out a street party of picnic tables and bunting all along the driveway, with added decorations and union-jack picnic lunch-boxes provided by our cook. We made our own crowns, baked and decorated extra cakes and came dressed in all-things red, white and blue, donating £1 each for charity as we did so. Bobkins [preschool] joined us for lunch and a huge amount of fun was had by all, eating outside in the festive atmosphere.”
Among those celebrating was Emma Houldcroft, from Bollington, who headed down to the London to celebrate on the Mall. Emma, who is a special needs teacher at the Seashell Trust, of which the Queen is a patron, accompanied a group of students for the official patron’s Lunch.
She said: “It was fantastic to see all the students sitting in a large group of people taking part in such a historical event and having so much fun.”
Despite the bad weather, residents on Roewood Lane, Macclesfield also enjoyed a soggy street party with Royal themed games, a barbecue and music. ●●
●● Clockwise from above: Pupils at Bosley St Mary’s Primary School celebrate; guests enjoy cake at the Age UK party; children at King’s created their own crowns for the royal celebrations
●● Emma Houldcroft with other Seashell Trust support staff on the Mall