IT WAS full steam ahead for the Queen’s 90th birthday across the district.
Street parties and celebrations took place across the district over the weekend in honour of Her Majesty’s big day, and even the great British weather failed to put a dampner on proceedings.
Leamington Railway Station welcomed passengers to their ‘Station to Station, Queen’s Celebration’ which featured live music and a royal look-a-like. Guide Dogs volunteers and MP Chris White also stopped off to enjoy the celebrations.
The new chair of Warwick District Council, Coun Jane Knight was joined at Leamington Town Hall by the mayors of Leamington and Warwick – Ann Morrison and Christine Cross respectively – and representatives of the Royal British Legion to raise the union flag in celebration of Her Majesty’s birthday.
A Best of British summer garden party was held at Queensway Court independent living, with music, dancing and a buffet lunch. Party-goers dressed in red, white and blue and resident Christine Holland took pride of place as ‘the Queen’ for a day.
The care home on Old Milverton Close also had live entertainment and stalls selling crafts and handmade gifts.
And the Milverton Evening Townswomen’s Guild held a tea party for their June meeting at the Royal Naval Association club.
The ladies dressed in red, white and blue and enjoyed scones and tea to mark Her Majesty’s special day.
Shops also dressed their windows. The Age UK charity shop in Warwick had a typically patriotic window display, with mannequins styled like the Queen and Prince Philip, surrounded by an abundance of red, white and blue items from the shop.
Youngsters at the Kingsley School got into the spirit by dressing up as their favourite royal, making crowns and jewellery and joining the ‘Clean for the Queen’ project.
A street party style picnic lunch and cakes rounded off their royal festivities.