A toast to Queen’s milestone

Tenants and staff from St Christophers House in Morpeth raised a glass to Queen Elizabeth II becoming the longest-reigning British monarch.
Tenants and staff from St Christophers House in Morpeth raised a glass to Queen Elizabeth II becoming the longest-reigning British monarch.

A Morpeth retirement property was decked out in bunting and Union Jacks to mark a milestone for Queen Elizabeth II.

Tenants and staff from Anchor’s St Christopher’s House in Abbey Meadows toasted her Majesty becoming the longest-reigning British monarch with a glass or two of sherry.

They also enjoyed tea, salmon sandwiches and cream scones while sitting at tables covered in red, white and blue during the event on Wednesday, September 9.

St Christopher’s House manager David Sinyard said: “The event was a wonderful opportunity for tenants, family and friends to get together and celebrate the Queen’s special occasion.

“The building is in the middle of a huge refurbishment programme and I’m very proud that our tenants aren’t letting it stop any of their many activities.

“In fact, their enthusiasm and determination is wonderful and they are coming up with more and more ideas for future events.”

Meanwhile, a 45-minute musical peal was rung on behalf of the town on Saturday at Morpeth Clock Tower to salute the Queen’s achievement.

Five of the six ringers are current and former Morpethians and the sixth – the conductor – is a stalwart with them in the present local band.

Earlier in the day, the tower hosted several heritage tours. As part of these, all the visitors were invited to chime the bells for several minutes.