Tea, cake and smiles all round as hundreds come together to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday at Wisbech Grammar School

Hundreds celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday at a community tea party at Wisbech Grammar School.

Hundreds celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday at a community tea party at Wisbech Grammar School. - Credit: Archant

Two hundred guests enjoyed tea, cake and a dance as the Queen’s 90th birthday was marked with a community party at Wisbech Grammar School.

The guests came from day care centres and nursing homes and were treated to musical entertainment as well as an array of food produced by sixth formers.

The afternoon, organised by staff from St. Augustine’s Day Care Centre, began with a performance from the Wisbech Grammar School Jazz Band, accompanied by Edward O’Connor.

Abigail McGlone and Catherine Missin also showed off their skills on the flute, James Horsburgh wowed on the saxophone and Max Eales and Richeldis France impressed on the piano while guests, which included the mayor, Councillor Gary Tibbs.

The tea included cakes, scones, sausage rolls and cupcakes baked and decorated by students.

Kate Taylor, deputy head of sixth form said: “It is such an honour to host this wonderful community event which sees the pupils interacting with local elderly and vulnerable adults.

“The pupils were fantastic helping to serve the afternoon tea, chatting to the guests and encouraging them to dance along to the band. They all enjoyed themselves enormously and found it a very rewarding experience.

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“It is brilliant to see their confidence grow and they did themselves proud. All the guests commented on how excellent they were and they truly are a credit to the school. All the hours of planning and setting up were worth it just seeing the look of enjoyment on the pupils’ and guests’ faces.”

More entertainment was provided by the ‘Cover Girls,’ who sang a variety of well-known songs picked from the decades of the Queen’s reign, including a couple of Abba numbers.

Pupils and guests then hit the dance floor for the rest of the afternoon.

The afternoon came to an end with the guests singing the National Anthem as the Royal British Legion lowered their standard.

Thanks were given to Maxine and Carole from St Augustine’s Day Care Centre for their enormous efforts organising the event.

St John’s Ambulance who attended the event were also thanked as well as ‘A Bit of A Do’ who provided the balloons, Morrisons and Tesco for donating items towards the afternoon tea and to those who donated raffle prizes.

Amongst the invited guests were people from St Augustine’s Day Centre, Glenfield Nursing Home, Rosebank Nursing Home, Edina Court, Hickerthrift Nursing Home, Friends of the Methodist Chapel, Rosebank Nursing Home, the Royal British Legion, Victoria Lodge, Wisbech Lions, Macmillan (Arthur Rank Hospice), Friends of the Day Centre and Friends of Wisbech Grammar School.