VIDEO: Sleaford parish church launches Queen’s birthday exhibition

Guests gathered this afternoon (Thursday) at St Denys’ Church in Sleaford to launch an exhibition to celebrate The Queen’s 90th birthday.

In a commemorative project coordinated by Alison Wickstead and Beryl Risdell, the church has invited over 90 people of the town to submit information about themselves, a photo and a message of congratulations to The Queen.

Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire Toby Dennis officially opened the Queen's 90th birthday exhibition at St Denys' Church, Sleaford, pictured with Rev Philip Johnson. EMN-160421-170347001

Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire Toby Dennis officially opened the Queen's 90th birthday exhibition at St Denys' Church, Sleaford, pictured with Rev Philip Johnson. EMN-160421-170347001

A book of the submissions, from everyone from the Mayor Coun Garry Titmus and MP Stephen Phillips to a Brownie Olivia Barnatt and even The Standard’s own Andy Hubbert, has been compiled and sent to Buckingham Palace for The Queen’s approval.

After hymns and readings by the Mayor and MP, Rev Philip Johnson, Vicar of Sleaford led the State Prayers for The Queen and Royal Family before guests sang the National Anthem and made a toast to their monarch.

The exhibition was officially opened by The Queen’s representative, the Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire, Toby Dennis, who also cut a cake before a communal singing of Happy Birthday.

During the service the church’s bell team rang a Quarter Peal in celebration.

Exhibition co-ordinators Alison Wickstead and Beryl Risdell are presented with bouquets by Rev Philip Johnson. EMN-160421-170411001

Exhibition co-ordinators Alison Wickstead and Beryl Risdell are presented with bouquets by Rev Philip Johnson. EMN-160421-170411001

Mr Dennis the exhibition is very imaginative and very clever and beautifully done. “It shows the community spirit and respect to The Queen which is terrific. She is naturally a humble person and never expects anything, but this will touch her very closely and she will greatly appreciate it I’m sure,” he said.

He said the major celebrations will accompany her official birthday in June with a lot of things going on for him.

The exhibition will continue until The Queen’s official birthday on June 11.

Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire Toby Dennis cuts the celebration cake at St Denys' Church. EMN-160421-170423001

Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire Toby Dennis cuts the celebration cake at St Denys' Church. EMN-160421-170423001

India Garden restaurant owner Nadim Aziz. EMN-160421-170307001

India Garden restaurant owner Nadim Aziz. EMN-160421-170307001

Olivia Barnatt, aged eight, of Holdingham, represented Sleaford 6th Methodist Brownies. EMN-160421-170358001

Olivia Barnatt, aged eight, of Holdingham, represented Sleaford 6th Methodist Brownies. EMN-160421-170358001

Town Councillor Adrian Snookes is also involved in the Messy Church children's sessions at St Denys' Church. EMN-160421-170326001

Town Councillor Adrian Snookes is also involved in the Messy Church children's sessions at St Denys' Church. EMN-160421-170326001

Representing Sleaford Air Cadets, Flt Sgt Matt Meikle and Wing Commander Steve Hullott. EMN-160421-170232001

Representing Sleaford Air Cadets, Flt Sgt Matt Meikle and Wing Commander Steve Hullott. EMN-160421-170232001

Exhibition co-ordinators Alison Wickstead and Beryl Risdell with their own, personal messages in the exhibition at St Denys' Church, Sleaford. EMN-160421-170219001

Exhibition co-ordinators Alison Wickstead and Beryl Risdell with their own, personal messages in the exhibition at St Denys' Church, Sleaford. EMN-160421-170219001