Schools celebrate in royal style

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Schools in the area joined in celebrations to mark the Queen’s official 90th birthday.

Gateways School in Harewood welcomed villagers for the event to mark the 90th birthdays of the Queen and Countess Patricia of Harewood.

The event, organised by Harewood Parish Council, brought together Gateways School, Harewood Primary and Harewood House guests (including Lord and Lady Harewood and the Countess of Harewood).

Pupils posted hand made birthday cards for the Queen and the Countess before presenting Countess Patricia with a giant birthday card and a bouquet of flowers.

Gateways Head, Dr Tracy Johnson, said: “It was an honour and a privilege to share such a unique occasion with Patricia, Countess of Harewood, herself a relative of Queen Elizabeth II.

“It really brought home to the pupils the special nature of the event and helped to make it something I hope they will remember for a long time to come.”

Brackenfield pupils, resplendent in home-made crowns, enjoyed a tea party and were joined by residents of neighbouring Hampden House care home.

John Shannon, 80, told children that he had met the Queen’s father King George.

Green Hammerton schoolchildren celebrated on the playing fields, thanks to an event organised by the School Friends and village’s recreational charity.

A special cake was cut and youngsters enjoyed games.

The bunting was out at Baldersby St James CE Primary where the children wore patriotic red, white and blue and made birthday cards to send to the Queen. Residents from the villages of Rainton, Melmerby and Baldersby joined in the celebrations.