September 26th, 2016

Crowds turn out in force as Studley celebrates Queen’s 90th birthday

Updated: 11:25 am, Apr 26, 2016

MORE than 500 people filled the ‘Rec’ in Studley as the village marked the 90th birthday of Her Majesty the Queen by lighting the royal beacon, singing the National Anthem and gazing at a stunning firework display.

The event went off without a hitch and, despite chilly temperatures, the 90 minute spectacle proved a major draw as the village celebrated with live music, including the Redditch Orchestra, food and refreshments.

Studley Beavers read a poem and a prayer of thanksgiving was given by the Reverend Steve Dunton.

“It was a very memorable occasion for everyone, something that will stay with them for the rest of their lives,” said Jim Bacon, deputy chairman of the parish council who had the honour of lighting the beacon.

“The turn out was very good and for the youngsters, the Scouts, Beavers, ATC, Guides and everyone else this is something that will stay with them forever.

“Our thanks must go to the parish clerks who organised everything – I even understand that our beacon lighting went smoother than the Queen’s, so it was all very good.”

The village had turned on the style for the monarch’s birthday celebrations, be-decking the High Street in patriotic flags and featuring the event on the front page of the parish community magazine which went out last weekend highlighting the occasion.