Queen’s 90th Birthday celebrations planned across Cumbria

Dozens of community and church celebrations are being planned across Cumbria to officially mark the Queen’s 90th birthday.

Miriam Lowe, HOPE CarlisleThe events will stretch over the weekend of Friday 10 June to Sunday 12 June and include street parties, garden parties and BBQs as communities come together to celebrate with Her Majesty.

One of the major events is a city centre birthday street party planned by HOPE Carlisle and which organisers say will give the people in the city reason to cheer, coming six months after the devastating floods.

Miriam Lowe, co-ordinator of the HOPE Carlisle event, said: “This is an opportunity for people to come together and to feel encouraged. We want people to have the opportunity to come together for a party; for them to see what they have achieved over the recent months and to celebrate how communities have helped each other out during the floods.

“Coupled with that we’ve have the national celebrations for the Queen’s birthday and we don’t want the people of our city to miss out on those too.”

As part of the HOPE Carlisle event copies of The Servant Queen and the King she serves – a book detailing the Queen’s faith and journey – will be handed out.

Rows of tables will be set up in front of the Old Town Hall in English Street with people being invited to bring picnics on Sunday 12 June between 10.30am and 4pm. Complimentary tea, coffee and cake will also be served.

The event, which has been funded and supported by Carlisle City Council, will also include children’s entertainment and live music with youngsters being offered the chance to help paint a castle around the city centre band stand and residents from residential care homes also invited to attend the street party.

Elsewhere across Cumbria churches have organised festivals and exhibitions to mark the Queen’s official birthday, including:

· A Garden Party at the diocese’s Rydal Hall Christian retreat centre
· A special joint family service at St Nicholas' Lazonby followed by a bring-and-share lunch in the school hall
· A tea party in Kirkoswald Church Institute run by Kirkoswald church .
· A flower festival and royal display in St Paul’s Church, Grange-over-Sands, and a Royal Garden Party in the Rectory Garden
· An all-age Songs of Praise at St Mary’s Crosthwaite followed by church picnic.

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For more on HOPE Carlisle go to www.hopecarlisle.org or contact Miriam Lowe on 07565 546849 or for further information please contact Dave Roberts, Diocesan Communications Manager, on 07469 153658, 01768 807764 or at communications@carlislediocese.org.uk.