People in Rugby are being invited to join a national show of unity in celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday next month.
Rugby First and Rugby Borough Council have backed the national Count Me In campaign organised by One Britain One Nation.
It will see individuals from all faiths, backgrounds, races and age groups across the country sing the national anthem simultaneously on Friday, June 10 - and Rugbeians can get involved at St Andrew’s Church.
At 11am, everyone gathered in the church gardens will wish the Queen a happy birthday and sing together to mark the occasion.
Kash Singh, CEO and founder of One Britain One Nation, attended the launch party for the Rugby event on Tuesday.
He said: “This is an opportunity for the nation to come together.
“We want children to grow up in a society where they feel they can fulfil their aspirations, that there is fairness and equality.
“It’s a huge opportunity and Rugby definitely has a role to play in this.”
Baldev Sagoo, a member of the Sikh community in Rugby, added: “It’s very important that we all get together and celebrate as one nation.
“Rugby has some very good faith organisations and this is obviously spreading a message that is universal.”
Mr Sagoo and others at the Sikh Temple on Craven Road will host their own celebrations for Her Majesty, with food and prayers on June 8. There will also be a 48-hour reading of the Guru Granth Sahib.
Cllr Ramesh Srivastava, who represents Newbold and Brownsover Ward also attended the launch event at St Andrew’s Church and voiced his support.
He said: “One Britain One Nation has a simple clear message that embraces all of us, irrespective of race, nationality, faith, colour or creed, whether we were born in Britain or have chosen to live here.
“It will be fantastic to see the Rugby community come together.”
Imogen Nay, Rector of St. Andrew’s Church, said: “It seems fitting for us to host this very special event where all of Rugby’s rich and diverse communities can join together to celebrate a special occasion.”
To find out how your school, business or church can join in and sing for the Queen in Rugby, visit: www.onebritainonenation.com
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