Happy Birth­day, Your Majesty,

Staines Informer - - NEWS - Char­lotte Tal­bot

PEO­PLE across Run­nymede and Spelthorne cel­e­brated Her Majesty the Queen’s of­fi­cial 90th birth­day in right Royal style.

De­spite some wet weather over the week­end of June 11 and 12 peo­ple were out in force, en­joy­ing the cel­e­bra­tions, mark­ing the event with street par­ties, fairs and by ring­ing out the church bells in her hon­our.

There was a good spread at the Grove Road street party in Chert­sey, where res­i­dents dodged show­ers un­der gaze­bos kit­ted out with union flags.

The Town Crier and a card­board cut-out Queen graced an­other party in King Street, Chert­sey.

Over in Wrens Av­enue, Ashford, around 100 peo­ple came to­gether to cel­e­brate, in­clud­ing Spelthorne mayor Al­fred Fri­day, his wife Kaye, MP Kwasi Kwarteng, Cllr Rose Chandler and Char­lene Peter­son, founder of Peter­son’ Fund for chil­dren – the cho­sen char­ity for the party as it has sup­ported five year old Celeese, who lives in Wrens Av­enue, over the last year. Events through the day in­cluded a DJ, a bouncy cas­tle, a bar­be­cue, face­paint­ing and var­i­ous games and com­pe­ti­tions, in­clud­ing Wrens Got Tal­ent, which was won by Mad­die Wells and Evie Castell with their gym­nas­tics rou­tine, The Great Wrens Bake Off, won by Gemma Genower with her crown cake, and Best Dressed Royal, won by Celeese. Busi­nesses from Ashford High Street do­nated gen­er­ously to the raf­fle, help­ing to raise £864 for the char­ity.

To mark the oc­ca­sion church bells at St Peter’s in Chert­sey and St John’s in Egham were rung out on the Sun­day morn­ing.

In Staines, around 50 peo­ple – friends, fam­ily and neigh­bours – lined The Glade for a street party in cel­e­bra­tion.

Care home Moor House opened its doors to the public for a gar­den party where an af­ter­noon tea of sand­wiches, scones and cakes was laid out. Run by Friends of the El­derly, the Queen has been a pa­tron of the char­ity since 1953.

In Stan­well Moor, neigh­bours and for­mer res­i­dents of Flint­lock Close braved the rain to en­joy a bar­be­cue, and join in games such as pin the crown on the Queen and crazy golf.

There were street par­ties in Shep­per­ton, in­clud­ing one in Squires Road. Bal­loons were re­leased to cel­e­brate the Queen’s birth­day at Christ Church in Ot­ter­shaw.

Sun­day started with a birth­day cel­e­bra­tion ser­vice, with a theme of loy­alty and faith­ful­ness and a re­lease of 90 bal­loons, fol­lowed by a pic­nic lunch.

The bell tower was kept busy with three large groups tour­ing the Vic­to­rian listed build­ing. Cream teas kept sell­ing out and lots of crowns were made by chil­dren.

Pic­ture: Gra­hame Larter. Ref: RS162328

His­tory in the mak­ing: Chil­dren from all years at Stan­well C of E Pri­mary School dressed to re­flect pe­ri­ods from the Queen’s reign.

Pic­ture: Paul Burgman

Long to rain over us: They were dodg­ing show­ers at the Grove Road street party in Chert­sey on the Sun­day, but spir­its were not damp­ened.

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