April 22, 2016
Queen's birthday is marked with flag ceremony in Burnham-On-Sea

Residents of all ages came together in Burnham-On-Sea for a ceremony to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday on Thursday (April 21st).

A flag-raising ceremony was led by Burnham and Highbridge's Mayor Cllr Michael Clarke besides the town water fountain in Pier Street.

The Mayor, Mayor’s Cadet, Deputies, town councillors, residents, clergy and representatives from the Armed Forces gathered for the ceremony.

At 11am, the Union Flag was formally raised, followed by a blessing and prayers by Rev Sharon Eldergill from St Andrew's Church.

Burnham's Town Crier Alistair Murray, pictured, read a Royal statement from the Loyal Order of Town Criers.

Those present sang the National Anthem while the flag was raised, followed by a rousing rendition of 'happy birthday'.

Mayor Cllr Michael Clarke said the event had been a "wonderful occasion."

The children of St Andrew's School joined in the celebrations

The National Anthem was sung as the Union Flag was raised by the Mayor

Rev Sharon Eldergill from St Andrew's Church said a blessing for the Queen

The St Andrew's pupils with teachers from their school at the ceremony

Burnham's Royal British Legion members were among those present

Burnham and Highbridge Deputy Mayor Bill Hancock with his wife

Residents watching the ceremony joined in the singing of 'happy birthday'

A Union Flag was raised at Burnham-On-Sea's Marine Cove gardens for the day

Fran Stockwell and Zena Driver at Burnham's Coffee Corner Company held a special celebration to mark the occasion

New union jacks were raised at Burnham Pavilion ahead of the big day

Photos: / Jacqui Strong / Mike Lang


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