Thursday, 21 October 2021

Queen’s 90th Birthday - Wargrave

MORE than 1,200 royalists celebrated the Queen’s 90th birthday with a party on Mill Green in

MORE than 1,200 royalists celebrated the Queen’s 90th birthday with a party on Mill Green in Wargrave.

Guests brought their own food and dressed in Union flag hats, dresses and T-shirts while the green was decorated with bunting.

The event was organised by the Wargrave Village Festival committee and St Mary’s Church and the guests included Home Secretary and Maidenhead MP Theresa May.

Competitions included the “best dressed table”, which was won by “Wargrave High Street”, whose guests all wore crowns.

There was also a cake competition, a game of heads or tails and a “glamorous granny” competition.

In the afternoon Fred the Shed entertained the children. Graham Howe, chairman of the committee, said: “What we wanted to do was to repeat the success of the event that we held four years ago for the Queen’s diamond jubilee.

“The people of Wargrave are quite patriotic.

“Rather than have street parties distributed across the village it seemed like a good idea to bring everyone together.

“Thankfully, with the dry weather, it went really well.

“All the comments we got back were very positive and everybody was so pleased that we had the sun. One of the extraordinary things about Wargrave is its sense of community. The fact that we could get a quarter of the village population down on the village green is a good demonstration of that.

“I think the Queen brings us all together. She’s a unifying force for the nation, for the Commonwealth and for Wargrave.

“At the jubilee event we planned for 600 and got 950. This time we planned for 900 and on the ticket day, which we had in April, we sold 1,230.

“It’s a sense of gratification when the audience comes and puts in the effort. That in itself is a thank-you.”

Earlier, a service was held at St Mary’s where the congregation sang the National Anthem.

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