Cel­e­bra­tion won’t reign on my pa­rade

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By WIL­LIAM SMITH news@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @Peter­bor­oughet

A PUB land­lady whose 60th birth­day falls amid the Queen’s Di­a­mond Ju­bilee cel­e­bra­tions wants to throw a right royal party with a dif­fer­ence.

Frances Wade says that over the decades she has re­peat­edly had her birth­day lime­light stolen by the Queen’s var­i­ous cel­e­bra­tions at key stages in her reign.

Mrs Wade was par­tic­u­larly an­noyed that in 1977 and again in 2002 her 25th and 50th birth­days clashed with cel­e­bra­tions to mark the Queen’s Sil­ver and Golden Ju­bilees.

Now as the city pre­pares to cel­e­brate 60 years of the Queen’s reign with her Di­a­mond Ju­bilee, the land­lady of The Heron in Stan­ground, Peter­bor­ough, is de­ter­mined not to let her 60th birth­day on Sun­day, June 3, go un­no­ticed.

Mrs Wade is ap­peal­ing for any­one in the city who is also turn­ing 60 dur­ing the ju­bilee cel­e­bra­tions to get in touch so they can have a right royal knees-up of their very own.

She said: “When I was 50 I was land­lady of the Coach and Horses in Flet­ton and I or­gan­ised a four-day band event with 21 bands to cel­e­brate my birth­day, but ev­ery­one thought it was for the Golden Ju­bilee.

“The ju­bilees take over ev­ery time, it was the same with my 25th and I ex­pect it will be the same with my 70th, as if the Queen is still on the throne there will be a plat­inum Ju­bilee. I’ve never had a proper birth­day cel­e­bra­tion.”

She added: “I’m de­ter­mined to cel­e­brate in style this year and have a big party and if there’s any­one around here who is 60 at the same time then we could cel­e­brate to­gether.”

Mrs Wade, who has been a land­lady in Peter­bor­ough for nearly 13 years, blamed the Queen’s coro­na­tion for also push­ing prices up.

She said: “If you want to book a band or a disco the prices are dou­bled, some­times tripled, be­cause they think it’s for a ju­bilee event.

“I had looked into go­ing away to Dart­mouth for a fish­ing trip for my birth­day, but the ho­tel prices are as­tro­nom­i­cal be­cause it’s a public hol­i­day.”

Mrs Wade, whose part­ner, Amer­i­can blues singer Barry Ho­man, died in 2005, said she would now rather stay at the pub to cel­e­brate with friends and reg­u­lars.

Any­one who also turns 60 dur­ing the Di­a­mond Ju­bilee can con­tact Mrs Wade at the pub, on South­fields Drive, Stan­ground, on 01733 341480.

Mark Amps (31), of Thorn­ton Road, March, cel­e­brates his birth­day on Christ­mas Day. He said: “I don’t get to have a party or see my friends as they’re with their fam­i­lies and I usu­ally on ly get one present!”

BIRTH­DAY GIRL: Land­lady of The Heron pub in Stan­ground, Frances Wade, wants to throw a party to mark her 60th birth­day dur­ing the Queen’s Di­a­mond Ju­bilee cel­e­bra­tions.

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