The Opening of the Bandstand by HM Queen Elizabeth II in Alexandra Gardens
On 20th April 2016 the new bandstand in Alexandra Gardens commemorating the longest reigning monarch, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, was opened by the Queen. She has reigned for 64 years.
The year 4 children at Alexander First School were one of six schools asked to design a commemorative plaque to be fixed on the railings of the new bandstand, depicting one decade of Her Majesty’s reign. The year 4 children at Alexander First School chose to depict the Queen’s Coronation in 1953.
The children in our year 4 and our year 3 joined with other local schools to form a 500 strong children’s choir accompanied by the Band of the Irish Guards to sing 4 songs plus ‘Happy Birthday’ to the Queen.
It was a glorious occasion and the children were both excited and nervous to be performing to the Queen. They greeted the Queen on her arrival to the gardens, sang beautifully and cheered and waved flags as the Queen left after the ceremony. Some children and adults from the school spoke with His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh as he walked through Alexandra Gardens on his way to the Bandstand.
Three of our children Libby, Batisha and Brandon were presented to the Queen, accompanied by Miss Tamsin Johnston, as representatives of our year 4 children who designed the commemorative plaque. They were thrilled to meet Her Majesty in person. It was a memorable occasion for them all.