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Cirencester celebrates HM The Queen’s 90th birthday
Undeterred by the rainy start, members of the local community were out in force to celebrate HM The Queen’s 90th birthday party at the Patron’s Lunch for Cirencester, organised and hosted by the Royal Agricultural University (RAU).
On Sunday 12 June, local families and members of the public turned up in their thousands to enjoy a picnic on the grass amidst the University’s picturesque grounds, or tuck in to a delicious hamper created on-site by local catering business Refresh.
The RAU event mirrored the national ‘street party’ celebration on the Mall in London. On the same day, at the same time, the RAU lined its iconic driveway with tables and welcomed picnickers to use the playing fields that flank it.
The fun-filled schedule of events included:
- Silver Stars parachute display
- Cirencester Dance Academy
- Local school displays
- Forest of Dean Brass Band
- RAC Beagles parade
- Police dog display
- Dog agility
- Dog show
- Football skills with Forest Green Rovers Academy
- Fairground rides and inflatables
- Emergency services exhibit
- Tractor and trailer rides
- Face painting
- Farmers market
- Beer tent
- Food and drink stalls
RAU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Chris Gaskell, said: “We had a fantastic day celebrating HM The Queen’s 90th birthday, and her committed patronage of over 600 charities and organisations, including of course the RAU. Nothing could dampen our spirits, and despite the rainy start we were delighted to welcome so many members of the local community to celebrate with us.”
Alex Cars kindly supported the event with a free shuttle bus from the town centre to the University.
The RAU gratefully received a contribution from Cirencester Town Council towards this event, which was held for the wider Cirencester community. The remaining 90% of the cost was funded by private sponsors and the University.