The Queen’s official 90th birthday will be celebrated in Nantwich with a tea party and free concert at St Mary’s Church.
On Sunday (June 12), pensioners born in 1926, or who are already aged 90 or over, are invited to attend an afternoon tea party at Nantwich Methodist Church in Hospital Street from 3.30-5.30pm where there will be entertainment as well as light refreshments and a birthday cake.
Shaun Cafferty, director of Martin & Co, is one of the organisers and said: “We still have a few spaces left, so if you know anyone from Nantwich and the surrounding area of the right age who might like to come along, please get in touch.
“Carers can of course accompany these elderly guests. You can contact the Martin & Co office in Nantwich, St Mary’s Church, Nantwich Town Council or Redshift Radio.”
He added: “We did invite the country’s most well-known 90-year-old, but unfortunately Her Majesty was already committed to another party taking place on The Mall in London.
“However, she sends her best wishes, and hopes that everyone will enjoy themselves.”
Shaun said Cheshire’s Lord Lieutenant will instead make a brief speech prior to a free concert at St Mary’s Church, which starts at 7pm and is expected to finish around 9.30pm.
He added: “We wanted the event to be inclusive for all of Nantwich, and for as many local people as possible to enjoy this once in a lifetime moment.
“With the support of volunteers, local councils, and local businesses, we have been able to stage it without any entry cost.
“The Queen’s concert will review the life of the Queen by staging music and dancing from all nine decades of the Queen’s life. That will be followed by a mini ‘Last Night of the Proms’ when a range of national songs will be played, and we hope people will join in and wave their flags.”
At the end of the concert people are invited to congregate in the town centre to sing ‘happy birthday’, led by Nantwich’s Town Crier.
The lighting of the Nantwich beacon, which is saved for royal occasions, will also take place, with the event concluding with a display by Blitz Fireworks at about 10pm.
Admission to the concert is on a first come, first served basis. To book a place for the tea party, call 01270 440750.
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