Church plans a bumper 90th birthday picnic for the Queen

COMMUNITIES are gearing up to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday with outdoor celebrations.

Parishioners in Birstall are promising the biggest picnic the town has ever seen on Sunday, June 12, at 4pm.

The day before there is a garden party at Mirfield Library, plus a choir and live music.

In Birstall, St Peter’s Parish Church on Kirkgate has organised a treasure hunt, nine-pin skittles and a bouncy castle.

It is backed by the Churches Together in Birstall group and Birstall Chamber of Trade.

The Vicar of St Peter’s, Rev Paul Knight, said: “We want it to be the biggest picnic Birstall has ever seen.

“Everyone is welcome – just bring your sandwiches or whatever because everything else is free.”

There will be a royal toast, singing of the national anthem and a chance to have your picture taken with a life-size cardboard cut-out of Her Majesty.

Hot drinks will be served by church members while commemorative gifts and prizes will also be available.

The garden party at Mirfield Library is from 10.30am to 12noon on Saturday, June 11. Children can draw a birthday card for the Queen and take part in a fancy dress contest, with prizes for the best prince or princess. Kirklees Music School senior strings ensemble and choir will provide entertainment.

The party will be held in the library garden, which has been re-designed and re-planted with flowers and shrubs by Friends of Mirfield Library group and Mirfield Round Table.

Friends group chairman Jenny Tomlinson Walsh said: “It’s been hard work but has shown wonderful results.”

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