Queen’s 90th Birthday

Some of the Butterflies Bower Lane preschool visited the Rosary nursing home last week to join in with the celebrations marking the Queen’s 90th Birthday.

People of all ages across Bridgwater united to mark one woman’s 90th birthday celebrations.

That woman was the Queen, who turned 90 on Thursday.

Among those celebrating were residents and team members at the Rosary Nursing Home, who hosted a royal celebration to mark Her Majesty’s 90th birthday and invited children from Butterflies Day Nurseries to join in the fun.

The home, in Mayfield Drive, was decked in regal attire and the residents were busy making their own crowns and tiaras, which they wore on the day.

The Sanctuary Care home’s activities leader, Andree Chandler, said: “Our residents were very excited about their regal celebration and wer looking forward to marking this wonderful occasion with local children.”

And resident Margaret Punnett, 84, said: “The children were lovely and it was a lovely day. I look forward to seeing them again.”

Resident Elizabeth Fackrell, 86, said: “It was lovely to have tea with the children.”

Gordon Chidgey, 79, said: “The whole day was wonderful.

Joan Axtell, aged 93, said: “I loved seeing the children and I enjoyed talking to them.”

Elsewhere in town, pupils from schools joined in with the celebrations, including youngsters at Catcott and Hamp.

Luke Talmage, head teacher at Hamp Primary School, said: “All 270 children and 45 members of staff spent the day celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday by holding a red, white and blue day.

“The children wore an item of clothing that was red, white or blue and participated in many enriching activities throughout the day and enjoyed eating their lunch, like a traditional street party, with music from the 1940s and 1950s in the background.

“Each child was given a Union Jack-style Kite to make and mug to commemorate the event.”

The Queen celebrates two birthdays each year with her actual day of birth being Wednesday 21 April 1926, when she was born at 2.40am at 17 Bruton Street in Mayfair.

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