HM The Queen’s official 90th Birthday celebration for Cowes, East Cowes and the surrounding areas is on Sunday 12th June. This free community celebration will take part in Northwood Park, Cowes from 12noon until 5pm with a special church service on Cowes Parade at 11.00am to start the festivities. The Queen will be represented by The Lord Lieutenant Martin White at the service.
This event forms part of a nationwide series of community based celebrations to mark this special Royal occasion, which starts in London on The Mall. A wide variety of Cowes based organisations including the five main yacht clubs, Cowes Town Council, Northwood House, St Mary’s Church and other local charities have organised the event, with further sponsorship support by Red Funnel.
All local residents in the PO31 and PO32 areas are invited to attend, with large numbers of families expected in Northwood Park from 12noon where they can bring a picnic and enjoy a range of fun and traditional style family based entertainments suitable for this occasion including:
- Live music with The Bob Howarth Big Band, The Castle Jazz Band, David Thornton and the Brighstone Barnacles
- Family arena with Punch & Judy, falconry, children’s magic show, children’s races, tug of war and welly boot throwing competitions
- A free to enter children’s fancy dress parade (Prince & Princess theme)
- Cream teas & Pimm’s on the lawn, delicious BBQs and a fully licensed bar
- Bouncy castles and slides
- A range of traditional stalls and games raising money for local good causes and charities
- Stands from local businesses in the area
- A display of boats from the RNLI and Classic Boat Museum
- A special charity auction with range of experiences up for grabs to the highest bidders
Earlier in the day the Wight Diamonds marching band will parade through the town from the Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club at 10.30am to join the official service of celebration on Cowes Parade at 11am led by the Rev. Andrew Poppe of St Mary’s Church. This open air service can be attended by all local residents, but please be in situ opposite the Royal London Yacht Club by 10.50am where a limited amount of seating will be available for the elderly and less able. After the service the marching band will lead the crowd to Northwood Park for the festivities there.
Vehicle parking is available in Northwood Park off Ward Avenue for the afternoon. A charitable bucket shake will be in operation for those using the facility, so please bring some change in your pocket to add to the collection.
This event will be raising funds for the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, St Mary’s Church,Cowes, Sea Cadets and the RNLI.
Please help spread the word around the community to ensure a great turn out on the day to help celebrate this great national occasion in honour of HM The Queen.