Scores of people in Rugby turned out to wish the Queen a very happy birthday this morning (Friday).
The celebrations got under way from 10.30am at St Andrew’s Church, with town rangers handing out flags to visitors while the Lawrence Sheriff school band got everyone into the party spirit.
The church gardens were decked with bunting and balloons and there was even a birthday cake that had been specially made in the Queen’s honour.
At 11am, everybody sang the national anthem, followed by Happy Birthday and gave three cheers for Her Majesty (captured on video above).
The event was organised by Cllr Ramesh Srivastava and Aftab Gaffar from Rugby First, as part of One Britain One Nation’s campaign to get individuals from all faiths, races and age groups to sing the national anthem simultaneously across the country.
Aftab Gaffar said: “Events like this are really important for the town centre, it just brings the whole community together. What it does is it supports the shops in the town and creates an environment that people will want to come and visit.”
Mayor Cllr Sally Bragg added: “The sun’s been shining and we’ve celebrated the Queen’s 90th birthday and brought the whole community together with the One Britain One Nation organisation. It’s about bringing people, whatever their race, creed, colour or religion, all together to celebrate her birthday and celebrate this lovely town.”
Ramesh Srivastava also voiced his gratitude to all those who attended. He said: “Thank you all for coming and making this a success.
“It’s great for this nation. This is a great nation and I’m very proud to be here and to be British.”