Thousands of schoolchildren across Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge could each receive a free commemorative coin to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday this year.

The Town Council is considering presenting 3,000 Primary School pupils with the coin to celebrate the special Royal milestone.

The Town Council distributed 1,200 commemorative mugs to schoolchildren in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge during 2012 to mark the Queen’s Jubilee, but councillors are keen to give something different this year.

At their latest meeting on Monday (March 7th), Cllr Martin Cox said: “The coins make a nice change from mugs – I am impressed with the price they are offering them of £2.37 with VAT and I think we should go for them.”

Cllr Facey added: “In principal, I would say yes, but I’d be totally against it if there’s no mention of this Town Council on the coin.”

Cllr Phil Harvey added: “I would not be happy at all if we are spending over £6,000 on things that would go into the back of a drawer and not be seen again. I would like to see some more thought around this.”

Town Clerk Denise Emery told the meeting that a sum of around £4,600 is available from the ‘town improvements’ budget for the idea.

The council is to further investigate the costs at a future meeting before making a final decision.