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St Mary's packed for service to celebrate Her Majesty's 90th Birthday

The first(?) Civic Selfie - pic courtesy of Marlborough's Mayor, Councillor Noel Barrett-MortonThe first(?) Civic Selfie - pic courtesy of Marlborough's Mayor, Councillor Noel Barrett-MortonHardly a spare seat was left earlier today (12 June) as Marlborough celebrated the 90th Birthday of Her Majesty The Queen with a service of thanksgiving at St Mary’s Church, followed by a reception at the Town Hall for all present at St Mary's.

Led by The Reverend Canon Andrew Studdert-Kennedy the service also included a rare Pathe News film clip from 1947 of a 21 year old Princess Elizabeth (as she was then) of the radio broadcast she recorded in Cape Town whilst on a tour of South Africa to celebrate her birthday.

Residents of Marlborough also born in 1926 were presented with bouquets by The Rev’d Canon Studdert-Kennedy, who also presented representatives from local schools and community groups with copies of ‘The Servant Queen’.

After the service, everyone back to the Town Hall for Royal CupCakes (adorned either with Crowns or Union Jacks) and a glass of Bucks Fizz.  

Present at the service and reception that followed were an array of Marlborough's former mayors, mayors from other towns nearby, representatives of Marlborough's many and varied community groups and as many residents of the town who wanted to celebrate this momentous occasion.

The Mayor Cllr Noel Barrett-Morton took the opportunity to capture a lasting image of the occasion and what could possibly be a first - a ‘Civic Selfie’ - of as many present that could possibly fit into the frame - all wishing Her Majesty a Happy Birthday.

Present also was a display of a collection of articles and memorabilia of Marlborough covering the 90 years of Her Majesty’s life, with particular emphasis on 1926.

Wiltshire's Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Mr Richard Handover, CBE (2nd from left) along with Marlborough's Mayor - Cllr Noel Barrett-Morton and Town Cryer Mike Tupman flanked by Mace Bearers Barry Mercer and Bob Dobie offer 'Three Cheers' to Her Majesty on the occasion of Her 90th BirthdayWiltshire's Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Mr Richard Handover, CBE (2nd from left) along with Marlborough's Mayor - Cllr Noel Barrett-Morton and Town Cryer Mike Tupman flanked by Mace Bearers Barry Mercer and Bob Dobie offer 'Three Cheers' to Her Majesty on the occasion of Her 90th BirthdayTown Cryer Mike Tupman's first 'Shout' to proclaim the 90th Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Town Cryer Mike Tupman's first 'Shout' to proclaim the 90th Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Mayor Cllr Noel Barrett-Morton, with wife and Mayoress Susan, and with former Mayor Tony GrayMayor Cllr Noel Barrett-Morton, with wife and Mayoress Susan, and with former Mayor Tony GrayMayors of nearby towns - of Westbury, Chippenham and Royal Wootton Bassett Mayors of nearby towns - of Westbury, Chippenham and Royal Wootton Bassett Vinnie, also born in 1926, with the bouquet presented to her at St Mary's, surrounded by her familyVinnie, also born in 1926, with the bouquet presented to her at St Mary's, surrounded by her familyCouncillors Richard Allen(L) and Alec Light(R) toasting Her MajestyCouncillors Richard Allen(L) and Alec Light(R) toasting Her MajestyMarlborough's ceremonial officers - Mace bearers Barry Mercer and Bob Dobie, and newly appointed Town Cryer Mike TupmanMarlborough's ceremonial officers - Mace bearers Barry Mercer and Bob Dobie, and newly appointed Town Cryer Mike TupmanTown Cryer Mike Tupman leading the Royal Birthday toastTown Cryer Mike Tupman leading the Royal Birthday toastCllr Stuart Dobson with a historic ad for his grandfather's business - Dobsons GarageCllr Stuart Dobson with a historic ad for his grandfather's business - Dobsons Garage

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