Pupils crown day with their very own coronation

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Pupils from Hook-with-Warsash Primary School got into the Jubilee spirit – with a re-enactment of the Queen’s coronation.

The whole school attended the service at St Mary’s Church, in Warsash, as special guests of the ‘Queen’ – otherwise known as Year One pupil Grace Hall.

Grace was presented with replicas of the orb, ceremonial sword and sceptres which had been handmade by different year groups.

As each piece was presented, representatives from each year group read out a description of the different offerings, including an explanation of what each piece symbolised as part of the service.

Commander Mike Tanner, 76, a special guest at the service, read out his memories of the actual coronation as a young serviceman in the Royal Navy.

He was able to watch it at the time on one of the first black and white televisions that the navy was able to buy.

After the service the whole school joined in celebrations with a street party including lots of food, games and activities.

Pupils were invited to wear smart clothes for the day and dressed in red, white and blue. Those who belong to the Brownies, Cubs, Scouts or Cadets were able to wear their uniforms.

Christopher Hines, headteacher, says: ‘It was a very moving service.

‘All the children listened intently to Commander Tanner’s memories and they were all keen to join in the celebrations.

‘The children made all the objects involved in the service and learnt all about the symbolism and history involved in the coronation ceremony.

‘We would like to say thank you to everyone who gave up their time to make this event such a success.’