In April 2016 The Queen turned 90 and is now, perhaps, the most famous nonagenarian in the world. However, Saturday 11th June was the date of this year’s Trooping of the Colour and represented the official annual celebration of Her Majesty’s birthday.
Consequently, events and activities were held over the weekend to commemorate the occasion across the length and breadth of the UK.
Plenty of Regal Revelry
Pescod Square hosted a day of regal revelry on Saturday which incorporated plenty of free royal-themed entertainment. This included a Jubilant Jewels Craft Workshop where little princes and princesses could make crowns and tiaras using paints, glitter and gems.
All materials were provided on the day and instruction and guidance were given from supervisors. Over 120 children took part with some royally good headwear being created.
Visitors to the Square could also pose for photos on a luxurious throne next to a life-size cut out of The Queen. Over 60 pictures were taken and these Sovereign Selfies have now been uploaded to the shopping centre’s Facebook page where followers are currently voting for their favourite.
The owner of the picture with the most likes will bag £90 to spend at the Square. The competition closes on Friday but has already reached 7,000 people!
Generosity is the virtue of all royals, so a number of activities took place during the event to raise monies for The Boston Lions. A charity raffle gave shoppers the chance to win a prize every 90 minutes on the day, prizes included a Wilko picnic hamper, a £30 PEP&CO gift card and games from The Works.
There was also a Royal Street Party where families could buy tea and cakes with all proceeds going to The Boston Lions. In total, a fantastic £254.50 was raised for the charity.
Brian Smith, from the Boston Lions, said: “We had a fab time at the event on Saturday and thanks to everyone for the opportunity to get involved. An amazing £254.50 was raised on the day and this will ensure we can continue to support local causes and projects in the Boston community.
A few highlights for me during the event were working with such an enthusiastic and helpful bunch of people, the passion and creativity of our wonderful volunteers – and of course, eating lots of homemade cake!”
A Huge Success!
Overall, Pescod Square’s royal birthday celebration was a huge success. As well as raising a princely sum for charity, footfall to the shopping centre increased by a staggering 24.64% from the previous Saturday.
Andy Pottle, Manager of Pescod Square Shopping Centre, says: “Our Queen’s 90th Birthday event was a fantastic occasion and provided the perfect opportunity for Boston residents to come together to celebrate the 90 years of our reigning monarch. We’d like to thank everyone who participated and contributed to such a successful day.”