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SOVEREIGN SINGERS: Pupils at Wibsey Primary School are ‘wearing their crown with pride’

SOVEREIGN SINGERS: Pupils at Wibsey Primary School are ‘wearing their crown with pride’

Wibsey Primary pupils pen Her Majesty a melody

The Queen is so regal that she manages to squash in two birthdays a year.

On 21st April, Her Majesty turned 90 whilst her second official birthday falls this month on 11th June.

What better way for her to celebrate than to have primary school children pen Her Royal Highness an original birthday song?

At a major civic event in Bradford’s Centenary Square, pupils from Wibsey Primary School in Bradford will be singing at the tops of their voices to mark the birthday event.

Along with schools from across the UK, they will be singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to the Queen and the National Anthem at their school at 11am on Friday 10th June.

The songs will be sung as part of a Queen’s 90th birthday street party in the school playground.

Pupils will be dressed in party clothes and be asked to bring a silver coin for Foodbanks – a fund-raising idea proposed by the School Council.

At the Centenary Square civic event, later on the same day, pupils will sing the winning birthday songs entered in a Song Competition.

Wibsey Primary children will sing with a well-deserved sense of pride because their school managed to win the primary school song category.

Their winning song, called ‘Wear your crown with pride’, will be sung at the event, attended by local dignitaries and people in the city centre.

It was written by Wibsey’s ‘Raise Your Voice’ choir.

The celebration will also include raising the Union Flag as part a national event around the UK, called One Britain, One Nation (OBON).

Karen Yates, Acting Headteacher at Wibsey Primary, said: “We are delighted our song has won the Bradford primary school Queen’s birthday song competition.

“Wibsey Primary is well-known for the quality of its music and singing and we are proud that our song for the Queen’s 90th birthday will play a prominent role, and be heard by hundreds of people, at a very prestigious event in the city centre.”

The inspiration for the OBON events came from Kash Singh, a former Bradford police inspector.

He suggested schools sing the National Anthem and for civic events to be held on the Queen’s official 90th birthday so people of all ages, faiths, beliefs and backgrounds will come together to show that Britain is a unified nation which shares core British values.

In Bradford, the Music and Arts Service ran a Song Competition for primary and secondary schools and an Art Competition to produce banners celebrating the special birthday, which will be displayed in Centenary Square.

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