Bagshot Celebrates HM the Queen’s 90th birthday
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St George's Day

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Bagshot Celebrated HM Queen Elizabeth's 90th birthday on St George's Day, Sat 23 Apri l2016, with a parade and street party outside St Anne's Church.

The afternoon's events were preceded in the morning with preparations including hanging bunting and bringing in tables and chairs from the Parish Hall and the BPFA Pavilion, and setting up the few stalls that would accompany the party. Then the introduction of the obligatory Traffic Management Plan to facilitate the closure of about 100 yards of road in front of the Church and Vicarage. Now the Scout's leaders could erect a marquee across the road (no doubt then the road is closed) and put the chairs for the band in it, while others set up tables and chairs.

The afternoon started with the Church bells being rung and the Scouts and Guides marching down from the pavilion. At the church they formed up and re-affirmed the promise they made when they joined the movement. This is a Scout tradition carried out each St George's Day - though seldom in such a public forum.

Group Captain Marcus Wills CVO OBE regaled the assembly with stories of his time flying RAF VC10 aircraft transporting Her Majesty the Queen and other members of our and foreign Royal families.

Children wearing crowns and waving flags escorted in a lovely sponge birthday cake. Everyone sang Happy Birthday and the National Anthem, the Vicar gave a blessing for Her Majesty and the village, and we toasted the Queen with a drop of bubbly.

Musical entertainment was provided throughout the afternoon by Bagshot Concert Band and by saxophonist Bob Webb.

The unseasonally cold weather did not dampen anyone's enthusiasm and a good time was had by all.

 

Thanks go to all those who organised and supported this village event.

More pictures of the event can be seen here (facebook page created by one of the organisers).

 

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