Where to celebrate the Queen's birthday in Weston-super-Mare this weekend
PUBLISHED: 09:00 10 June 2016
Patriotic Weston-super-Mare has a proud history of celebrating royal occasions with gusto, and that is set to continue this week with a series of picnics and street parties to mark the Queen's 90th birthday.
Queen Elizabeth II has visited Weston on several occasions, most recently in 2007, but most notably in 1977, when huge crowds filled the seafront to ensure a warm welcome.
These pictures from our archives show how well-received the Silver Jubilee visit was – and similar numbers are likely to join in with celebrations this weekend, with a whole host of events planned around the area.
The weekend marks the Queen’s official birthday, despite her actual date of birth being April 21.
It is traditional for a British monarch to have an official birthday in the summer, because historically the royal family wanted to celebrate with a grand party when the weather was better.
Grove Park, in High Street, will stage one of the largest events of the weekend, with live music, arts, crafts and a puppet show on Sunday from 2.30-4pm.
In Clarence Park, there will be a bouncy castle, races, football and a barbecue.
The event is being hosted by St Paul’s Church from 1-4pm on Sunday.
Vicar Andrew Alden said: “We want to invite everybody from the whole area to celebrate the Queens 90th birthday.”
There will be a picnic in the village park in Grenville Avenue from 2-6pm on Saturday.
And a picnic is also being held in Bleadon on Saturday, where there will also be a bouncy castle, games and fancy dress.
The celebrations are taking place at the village hall in Coronation Road from 11.30am-3pm, and there will also be a bake-off competition.
Street parties have been a traditional way to celebrate royal events during the Queen’s lifetime.
One street party has been planned in Broad Street in Congresbury on Saturday from 3-5pm.
A street party can also be enjoyed in Old Coach Road in Cross on Sunday, from 3-6.30pm.
There will be a party in the park in Wrington, with live music, games and a hog roast.
Go along to the recreation ground in Silver Street from noon to 8pm on Sunday to join in the celebrations.
A royal lunch is being held at St Mary’s Church in Manor Lane, Wedmore, on Sunday at 1pm. It will be a street party-style picnic lunch in and around the church.
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