Our 60-year monarch is honoured

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MONTROSE and district has risen to the occasion and celebrated the Diamond Anniversary of Her Majesty The Queen in fine style.

Parties, coffee mornings, school celebrations and other events have been held, as Queen Elizabeth’s long reign has been remembered and honoured.

Unless you are over the age of 60 you will have lived under no other head of state, and unless you are a few years older than that, you will have no recollection of her father, King George VI.

The Coronation in June, 1953, was one of the first events to be covered extensively by television, and film of that great day has been to the fore in televised tributes to the anniversary.

But surely everyone has memories that have been evoked by the footage of events from those 60 years, from foreign tours on The Royal Yacht Britannia, to official visits to Scottish cities and villages, and the family relaxing at their Deeside hideaway, Balmoral Castle.

Locally, the old and the young have celebrated, with jubilee parties being held at nursery schools and day care, with everyone involved throwing themselves into the events with gusto.

Children of the Busy Bees Nursery, complete with ‘The Queen’ and ‘The Duke of Edinburgh’, have been conducting a tour of parties held by senior citizens, entertaining them - and listening to reminiscences from many who have seen members of the Royal Family in real life.

Among local events, Hillside Church held a Diamond Jubilee Fete in the village hall. Southesk Primary School held events on Monday afternoon, with both primary and nursery departments enjoying playground games that would have been in vogue in earlier parts of Her Majesty’s reign.

Both Montrose Day Care Centre and Fordmill Care Home have held Diamond Jubilee celebrations, with many a memory being jogged as the conversation flowed to and fro.

Montrose Churches Together hosted a very well attended celebration service in St Andrew’s Church on Sunday. There was a Jubilee Service in Dun Church, with hymns appropriate to events from the past 60 years.

Councillor David May told us: “It is terrific that so many people have embraced the celebrations.

“It has been obvious how much fun people have been having.

“Schools and halls have been decorated in red, white and blue for parties and coffee mornings - and some of the stall-holders have also been decorated in those colours!”

Councillor May continued: “Even people who would not call themselves royalists have been joining in the fun as we have all come together to honour Her Majesty for her 60 years of serving her country.”