Rugby flies the flag for Queen’s 90th

There will be lots of celebrations at St Andrew's Church.
There will be lots of celebrations at St Andrew's Church.

The next three days will see events take place up and down the country for the Queen’s 90th birthday - and there are lots of ways for people in Rugby to get involved.

At 11am tomorrow (Friday), visitors to St Andrew’s Church will sing the national anthem and say three cheers to Her Majesty in the church gardens.

It has been organised as part of the national Count Me In campaign to encourage individuals from all faiths, backgrounds, races and age groups across the country to come together in a patriotic display of unity.

Aftab Gaffar, managing director of Rugby First, said: “Friday promises to be a truly momentous occasion across the country as well as here in Rugby. We would like as many people as possible to join us to celebrate a very special lady, wish her happy birthday and sing the national anthem.”

And the Queen’s birthday celebrations at St Andrew’s Church will continue into the weekend, with a civic service lined up on Saturday.

It will begin at 5pm with a choral evensong and music, followed by an ecumenical service, while a barbecue hosted by the 29F Squadron Air Cadets will later round off the celebrations.

The service and barbecue are open to all and free copies of the Servant Queen booklet will be available.

The following day (Sunday), members of Bilton Evangelical Church are inviting people to join them for a Queen’s barbecue.

There will be plenty of food, live music, games, face painting and more at Henry Hinde Infant School, with something for everyone to enjoy. Gates open at 11.30am and the event will run until 3.30pm.

A number of other churches, schools and villages across the borough will also host their own street parties - including St George’s Church in Hillmorton.

The church has organised a party in the church grounds on Sunday from 3pm to 6pm, and residents living in the Ashlawn and Paddox areas of Hillmorton are welcome to attend.

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