MELKSHAM has another big party to add to its summer calendar this year, as a town picnic will be held on King George V playing field to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday in June.
The Queen’s Tea Party Picnic will be a free public event from midday on Sunday 12th June, when communities across the country will be holding similar events to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday.
Organiser and deputy town clerk Miriam Zaccarelli said, “This will be a totally informal event; we’re excited about it and are expecting it be very popular. People always turn out for a royal celebration, and Melksham has such a lovely community spirit that big events like this always get loads of people involved.
“There will be tea, coffee and soft drinks available to buy and people are welcome to bring their own picnics, tables, chairs and blankets to enjoy the afternoon.
“The whole country will be celebrating so that will really add to the atmosphere, and we’re proud to be a part of it. We are also asking people to make bunting to decorate the park, so even people who can’t come to the party will be able to get involved.”
There will also be ‘Clean for the Queen’ tidy town days on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th March, to get Melksham spick and span in the lead up to the summer celebration.
Miriam continued, “We’re so proud of our tidy town days and the hundreds of volunteers who work so hard to keep the town looking good, and this is a great opportunity for more people to get involved.”
Queen Elizabeth II will turn 90 this year and is the longest reigning and longest living monarch in British history, having become queen in 1952 aged 25. Her real birthday is on 21st April but is officially observed in June.