Hunt for 90-year-olds to celebrate Queen’s birthday in Dewsbury

25th November 1982. The Queen chats with children in the crowd waiting to greet her in a Wakefield pedestrain precinct.

25th November 1982. The Queen chats with children in the crowd waiting to greet her in a Wakefield pedestrain precinct.

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As the Queen prepares to celebrate her 90th birthday, Kirklees Council is searching for local nonagenarians to join in the celebrations.

The mayor is hosting his own civic reception in Dewsbury Town Hall for anyone living in the district who turns 90 in 2016.

The lucky guests, who do not need to share the Queen’s actual birthday, will be treated to tea and cake alongside local dignitaries as the country marks the monarch’s special day. They are able to bring a friend or relative to accompany them on the day.

The reception will follow a ‘mass sing’ in tribute to the Queen by Dewsbury schoolchildren on June 10 from midday onwards.

The Queen was born in 1926, and came of age during the Second World War, celebrating her 18th birthday in 1944. Her contemporaries across the country are likely to have seen service towards the end of the conflict, and may have been evacuees as young teenagers. Elizabeth herself joined the Women’s Auxiliary Territorial Service and trained as a driver and mechanic, being promoted to honorary junior commander five months later.

She married the Duke of Edinburgh in 1947, a decade when many 90-year-olds are likely to have wed, and became Queen on the death of her father George VI in 1952. She is now the longest-reigning British monarch in history, surpassing her ancestor Queen Victoria, and also the longest-living sovereign the country has ever had.

If you or a 90-year-old friend or relative would like to attend the reception, places on the guest list can be reserved by calling 01484 221000 or emailing mayors.office@kirklees.gov.uk. Please make sure emails contain the full name of the person celebrating their birthday and the name of their accompanying guest.

How are you celebrating the Queen’s birthday? Whether it’s a street party, a school event or just tea with friends, send your photos to copydesk.yorkshire@jpress.co.uk.