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