Right royal affair planned

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Best of British . . . Hoping to hold a British-themed celebration on Queens Birthday weekend are Lumsden Lions members Lynda Hodge (left) and Cheryl Clearwater. PHOTO: MICHAEL CURREEN

A celebration of all things British is being planned in Lumsden on the Friday before Queen’s Birthday weekend (June 5-7) to commemorate the Queen’s platinum jubilee.

This year marks Queen Elizabeth II’s 70th year on the throne, and Lumsden Lions member Cheryl Clearwater said it was a milestone worth celebrating.

“Two of our members who were both born in Britain were in London at the time of the coronation .. One suggested that this was something really special coming up and we should do something about it.

“We felt, actually, it is something that should be celebrated.”

Covid-19 meant there had not been many fun events lately, she said.

“Because there’s been nothing on, it’d be an opportunity for people to get together.

“It’d be nice to have a community event that didn’t involve people raising lots of money or anything like that.”

The celebration may involve competitions for best garden party hat and coronation sponge, knitting a corgi, a game of Guess Who featuring past kings and queens and a colouring competition for children.

“There’ll be a very British afternoon tea, which will be sponge and scones and cream – and cucumber sandwiches, of course,” she said.

The organisers hoped to get schools involved as well.

British toys, books and other collectables would be on display.

Lions member Lynda Hodge said if people had their own British items, she encouraged them to bring them along.

“Anyone who wants to lend us anything British, we will look after it. It’ll be cared for as if it was our own.”

Mrs Clearwater said the event would possibly be held on June 4 at the Lumsden Memorial Hall with a gold coin entry, but that depended on the level of response the team received.

“It’s a case of getting the interest of the community and go from there.”

People from outside Lumsden were more than welcome to attend, she said.

Those interested in the event should contact the Lumsden Lions.