Tuesday, 09 August 2022

Queen’s 90th Birthday - Shiplake

TWO Shiplake residents who turn 90 in the same year as the Queen were guests of

TWO Shiplake residents who turn 90 in the same year as the Queen were guests of honour at the village’s royal birthday celebrations on Sunday.

Mavis Saward and Eric Davis cut a commemorative cake baked by fellow villager Lynn Boros, which was then shared among the hundreds of revellers at Shiplake Memorial Hall.

Mrs Saward, who celebrated her birthday on May 9, wore a home-made crown covered in aluminium foil and sequins. She was accompanied by her son Howard, who also lives in the village.

Mrs Saward has lived in Shiplake Cross for the past 16 years and is a member of the village’s Women’s Institute and the  Royal British Legion branch. She said: “Today has been absolutely lovely — I’ve throughly enjoyed it and couldn’t fault it. Everyone has been able to ignore the grey weather and just have a good time.

“My life has parallelled the Queen’s in some ways. I was very interested in what she wore when I was a little girl.

“Additionally, her father died when she went on her honeymoon and, sadly, my father passed away shortly after my honyemoon.

“I’ve never looked my age in my entire life. That’s wonderful now but it was a nightmare when I was in my teens because I looked about 12!”

Mr Davis, who lives in Plowden Way with his wife Freda, 88, will turn 90 in September.

He moved to Shiplake as a child and has lived there ever since. He remains an active member of the village bowls club after 46 years and has previously played for the football, tennis and cricket clubs.

“Today’s celebrations look fantastic,” he said. “We knew there was going to be a party but we would never have imagined it would be so lively.”

The main festivities took place indoors, where guests ate lunch around tables.

Local musicians performed, including Shiplake Community Choir, singer Ashley Stone and folk bands Undercurrent and Ryewolf.

Children had their faces painted and took part in craft workshops at Shiplake Village Nursery and a fun run on the village green. Some wore regal fancy dress and prizes were awarded for the best costumes.

Co-organiser Helen Robinson said: “We’ve had a good turnout despite having to hold the event indoors.

“We advertised it very heavily and are impressed that so many people turned up with their famililes. It’s very rewarding.

“We’ve got every generation celebrating here today and the atmosphere is just wonderful.”

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