'Happy Birthday Your Majesty' - the diocese celebrates

RiponTea parties, flower festivals and major civic services have been taking place at churches and cathedrals across the diocese to mark H.M. the Queen’s 90th birthday .

RiponSeventy one 90 year olds who were born the same year as the Queen were the guests of honour at North Yorkshire’s Queen’s Birthday service on 12 June at Ripon Cathedral.

They joined a congregation of hundreds for a county wide service with the Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Barry Dodd CBE (pictured right with his wife Frances and the Dean of Ripon, the Very Revd John Dobson). Guests included civic leaders and church leaders from across the county, along with military and community representatives. 

RiponThe preacher was the Bishop of Leeds and music was led by the Cathedral Choir and the band of the Yorkshire Regiment based in Huddersfield. Before the service a piper led Ripona procession from the Market Square to the cathedral.

Dean John said, “It was a privilege to give thanks for the Queen, for both the length and quality of her days - and the ways she has been dedicated to public service and through that revealed the quality of her own Christian discipleship and Christian faith which we would want to celebrate.”

Wakefield Cathedral also held a Royal Celebratory service of Evensong on 12 June, which combined with the Royal School of Church Music area festival and awards ceremony. The music included Parry's "I was glad" and Handel's "Zadok the Priest".

HardenMany other churches held festivals and community birthday parties for the Queen. Pictured is St Saviour's, Harden which held an afternoon tea and entertainment for 100 villagers

CleckheatonPictured right, members of St John's, Cleckheaton, hosted a 1950s style party for the local community. Everybody dressed in red, white and blue, drank a toast, enjoyed patriotic entertainment and traditional pastimes.

Red white and blue bunting, knitted by local ladies, surrounded All Saints', Kirby Kirby HillHill near Boroughbridge at a Big Lunch event for 130 people. They also had an informal community service on the green. Walter (pictured left with Revd Alison Askew) had his 90th birthday 3 days before the Queen (like the Queen, he is still working). At the Big Lunch, 95 year Olive Duckold Olive Duck (below) who has lived in Kirby Hill all of her life, cut the cake.

St Matthew’s, Wilsden nr Keighley, celebrated with an exhibition of changes to church and village since 1926 and a Family Fun Day - BBQ, games, bouncy castle and the star attraction, a bucking rodeo bull. Photo shows Vicar Bob displaying an unexpected talent.

On Sunday, the celebration continued with an outdoor all-age service and a mini street party lunch.

A group of people from St Mary-le-Ghyll, St Michael’s Bracewell and Holy Trinity, Barnoldswick organised an exhibition at Ghyll. People arrived to the sound of bells while exhibits by Barnoldswick Primary School combined with royal memorabilia and decorations (pictured right) greeted people at the entrance to to the church.  

Dewsbury Team Parish welcomed all the 90s to reflect on their own glorious years when they held a special service to celebrate the life and faith of The Queen.

Pictured left are Janet Braime, Margaret Firth and Marjorie Smithson who all share 90th birthdays this year and Bessie Lynn and Burt Firth who are both 93!

They all shared about their lives including the ups and the downs - with an emphasis on their faith and how it has upheld them over the years.

Happy birthday Janet, Margaret and Marjorie.

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