Birth­day bash is a real royal oc­ca­sion

Parish­ioners raise a glass to toast the Queen’s birth­day

Rutherglen Reformer - - News from the Pews - Dou­glas Dickie

Rut her glen West and Ward­lawhill Church toasted the Queen’s 90th birth­day with all the pomp and cer­e­mony you would ex­pect from such an oc­ca­sion.

A thanks­giv­ing ser­vice was held on Sun­day, June 12 to mark the mile­stone in the life of Bri­tain’s long­est serv­ing monarch.

Af­ter the ser­vice con­cluded, 125 mem­bers of the con­gre­ga­tion filed through the sanc­tu­ary doors into one of the halls to en­joy a right royal knees-up.

Col­lages of dif­fer­ent stages of the Queen’s life adorned the walls along­side bunting and flags while the ta­bles were dressed in royal colours and flow­ers.

A dou­ble birth­day cake sat on a spe­cially dec­o­rated ta­ble, wait­ing to be of­fi­cially cut by Mrs Ali­son Ni­col­son, the wife of the locum min­ster.

The top ta­ble was at­tended by spe­cial guests, in­clud­ing lead­ers of uni­formed or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Af­ter the wel­com­ing speech, spe­cial prayer, cut­ting of the cake, toast to the queen, the Grace was ob­served and a three course lunch was served to all.

Fol­low­ing the meal, a thank you speech was given by spe­cial guest Coun­cil­lor De­nis McKenna, be­fore every­one joined to­gether to sing songs com­posed in 1926 such as Bye Bye Black­bird and You’ve got the Cutest Lit­tle Baby­face.

The Na­tional An­them closed the cel­e­bra­tions.

A spokesper­son said: “It was a birth­day party fit for our Queen.”

Lunch The food was fit for a royal feast Big smiles The party put a smile on every­one’s face Flag day This lit­tle lad was in pa­tri­otic mood Birth­day cake Mrs Ali­son Ni­col­son, the wife of the locum min­ster cuts the cake

Time for tea This lot en­joyed cel­e­brat­ing the Queen’s birth­day

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