Kilmington dedicates a seat to mark Queen’s 90th

PUBLISHED: 06:59 20 June 2016 | UPDATED: 08:37 23 June 2016

The five guests of honour around the seat, with Rev Simon Holloway and Cllr Michael Collier.

The five guests of honour around the seat, with Rev Simon Holloway and Cllr Michael Collier.


Five villagers born in the same year as Her Majesty are guests of honour at royal celebrations

Five Kilmington residents born in the same year as the Queen were guests of honour at the village’s celebrations to mark Her Majesty’s 90th birthday.

Alec Broom, Herman Anning, Dorothy Davie, Richard Cater and Sidney Fitzpatrick were welcomed to the festivities.

A special ecumenical service, conducted by the Reverend Simon Holloway in St Giles’ Church, was well attended. The altar was draped with the Union Flag and the banner of the Kilmington Branch of the Royal British Legion, of which the Queen is patron.

Some of the Monarch’s favourite hymns and prayers were chosen and quotations from her many speeches and addresses were given by Nigel Burton, David Woodward, Pauline Holloway, Brian Lavender and Michael Collier, chairman of the parish council.

The parable of the good Samaritan was read by some of the Open the Book team; Anna Crabbe, Christine Thorne and Julie Woodward.

In his address, the minister paid tribute to the Queen’s wonderful service and the faith which had sustained her, while the service culminated in the singing of the National Anthem.

Later, the rain cleared in time for a procession to the village green, where other residents had assembled for the dedication of a commemorative seat bearing the inscription: “To commemorate the 90th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”

Light refreshments in the village hall were prepared by members of the parish council and their spouses, during which Pastor Darrell Holmes, the village’s Baptist Church Minister, proposed the Loyal Toast to Her Majesty, wishing her a happy birthday.

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