Family picnic and fireworks to mark Queen's 90th

PUBLISHED: 09:40 07 June 2016 | UPDATED: 09:40 07 June 2016

14 year old Tom Hartnell hosted his own radio show on Saturday

14 year old Tom Hartnell hosted his own radio show on Saturday

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Residents in Budleigh Salterton will come together to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday later this month - with a community picnic and a fireworks display.

On Sunday, June 12, a ‘Picnic on The Green’ has been organised by traders, the town council, Budleigh Lions Club and the carnival club.

It is hoped residents will flock to The Green, in Station Road, to have a picnic while enjoying the entertainment provided.

Two weeks later, the night sky above Budleigh will be lit up by a fireworks display, organised as part of St Peter’s Church’s fundraising midsummer festival, to mark the monarch’s birthday.

Town mayor Chris Kitson said: “The town has always been good at celebrating national events, whether it’s involving the children or the local community. This will be a really good opportunity for a picnic.

“Some places have celebration events where people have to buy tickets to enter – this is very much an organised event for people to come and join in.

“It’s run by volunteers for people to come along and bring their own food – it’s a chance to celebrate our monarchy.”

Musical entertainment at the picnic will be provided by Budleigh teenager Tom Hartnell (pictured), who is also the youngest DJ to have a show on BayFM radio.

There will also be musical performances from the Renaissance Choir and the Budleigh Ukelele Group.

Christine Bentley, chairman of the chamber of commerce, which is also helping to stage the event, said: “The chamber always organises something in celebration of royal occasions and we are very much delighted this time to have the help of the other organisations.

“Anyone can join in - it is a great way to bring people together.”

A fireworks display will take place on Saturday, June 25, at the end of the three-day St Peter’s Church midsummer festival.

The festival is being organised to help raise funds to repair the lights in the church, which could cost £40,000.

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