Residents of Elms Rd and Blackmoor Rd were some of the many Wellington people to hold an outdoor tea party to celebrate the Queen’s 9oth birthday at the weekend. At Clayhidon parish council chairman Richard Kallaway and local farmer Phil Blackmoree even had the opportunity to chat personally with Her Majesty prior to a village hall celebration.
Nearly 100 parishioners turned up at a parish hall festooned with union jacks for a royal tea party, and because her real majesty was busy elsewhere a life-size cardboard cut-out was recruited to welcome well-wishers. At the end she was auctioned to raise funds for the hall and St Andrew’s Church.
The party was part of a weekend of events in Clayhidon. It was followed on Sunday by a special service in the Church. There was also an exhibition of events in the parish over the past 90 years including the recollections of local people who had met the Queen.