Town throws right royal birthday bash

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - RHIANNON MCDOWALL

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

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