THE nation took to the streets at the weekend to officially mark the 90th birthday of Her Majesty The Queen – and Woking was no exception to the extravagant milestone celebrations.
Feeding off a frenzied atmosphere in the capital, where Queen Elizabeth II hosted three days of festivities, local street parties popped up to underline the country’s love for Britain’s longest ruling monarch.
And while the borough’s many soirées could not quite reach the adrenaline-fuelled heights of the Red Arrows, who completed a red, white and blue fly-past with The Queen watching on from the safety of The Mall, there was certainly no shortage of spirit locally, with neighbourhood chiefs piloting their respective communities to memorable commemorations.
And it was a double celebration for two of Woking’s leading lights as they were recognised in The Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Nigel Blair, who is a proud founder trustee of New Haw-based charity Eikon, was awarded Order of the British Empire status for services to young people; while Robert Twigger, the Lately Acting Serjeant at Arms for the House of Commons, was also recognised with an OBE.
Chuffed Nigel said that he felt honoured and extremely grateful for even being nominated for the prestigious award.
In a statement issued by the charity he added: “Eikon is a truly inspirational organisation, which provides meaningful and professional services that impact and make a real difference to the lives of young people with whom it works.
“It has been such a privilege to support and work alongside the dedicated teams that have a real passion for helping and
providing opportunities to needy young people.”
Street Party Picture Special in the next edition of the News & Mail.