Parade for Queen

Civic dignitaries, clergy, cadets and other groups pose for a photo during the parade and service of thanksgiving at Loftus.
Civic dignitaries, clergy, cadets and other groups pose for a photo during the parade and service of thanksgiving at Loftus.

Last Sunday, Loftus residents enjoyed a parade of cadets, alongside other uniformed organisations, and a service of thanksgiving to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.

Following the Parade, the deputy lieutenant inspected the cadets and uniformed organisations outside Loftus Town Hall and three cheers were given for the Queen.

The service of thanksgiving was conducted by Father Adam Gaunt, Rector of Loftus, and the preacher was the Right Reverend the Bishop of Whitby. A congregation of 220 people sang hymns and the national anthem during the service.

The parade and service of thanksgiving were followed by a civic reception, which was hosted in Loftus Town Hall by the Town Mayor of Loftus-in-Cleveland Mr Wayne Davies.

A buffet lunch of sandwiches, scones and cakes were shared, and the formalities drew to a close with a number of speeches by civic dignitaries.

Father Adam Gaunt, Rector of Loftus-in-Cleveland said: “Today’s events have done Loftus proud.

“The community has rallied around to organise a celebration worthy of Her Majesty’s historic ninetieth birthday.

“We are very grateful to everyone who has helped to organise this event, and to all who the people who joined in. It is an occasion, which will rightly live long in our memory.”