Newham wishes the Queen a happy 90th birthday

21 April 2016 in Mayor
​Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, has wished The Queen a happy 90th birthday as she celebrates her official birthday today (April 21).
Queen visit to Lister School
​Sir Robin said: “On behalf of all of the councillors and staff of Newham Council and all of our residents I would like to wish Her Majesty The Queen a happy birthday.

“She is our longest serving monarch and I am sure that, like me, many people have fond memories of her many visits to the borough, especially during the 2012 Games. Only last month, it was a pleasure to be able to greet Her Majesty when she visited Lister Community School in Plaistow to see the work that one of her charities, The Queen’s Trust, is doing at the school.

“We cannot fail to be impressed by the fact that at 90, she continues to inspire the enormous contribution being made to transform people’s lives not only in Newham but across the country.

“We have already seen many of our residents take part in the Clean for The Queen initiative. And through our Lets Get the Party Started grants scheme we are also helping residents mark Her Majesty’s birthday today and through to her official birthday on 11 June and beyond, with events that bring people together.”

A tea dance is also taking place at the Old Town Hall in Broadway, Stratford, tomorrow (22 April) from 1.30pm where there will be a toast to The Queen’s birthday as part of St George’s Day celebrations.

The council’s Let’s Get The Party Started (LGTPS) grants programme has been running for four years and has helped residents celebrate a wide range of events including the 2012 Games, Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Tour de France, the Rugby World Cup and the 50th anniversary of Newham.

To apply for a LGTPS grant residents must be aged 16 or over. The event must be held in the borough and be open to the whole community, to help bring people from different backgrounds together.

Residents are advised to apply for funding at least eight weeks ahead of their event, to ensure that their application can be processed. This is especially important if the event requires any road closures.