THE QUEEN’S official birthday will be celebrated in style in Rugby town centre, as part of a nationwide display of unity.
The town said ‘Count Me In’ to an initiative by One Britain One Nation (OBON) to bring the country together in celebration on Friday June 10 – the beginning of Her Majesty the Queen’s official 90th birthday weekend.
Rugby First and Rugby Borough Council are inviting people from all faiths, backgrounds, races and age groups to join them in the gardens of St Andrew’s Church at 11am to wish the Queen a Happy Birthday and sing the national anthem – at exactly the same time as their counterparts all across the country.
The initiative has been organised by OBON, which has been building strong and unified communities across Britain over the last few years.
It follows the blueprint established by OBON’s founder, Kash Singh, who was the police inspector charged with turning around community life in the diverse district of Manningham in Bradford, following riots in 1995 and 2001.
OBON is using the catchphrase ‘Count Me In’ for the campaign, as said by David Cameron on meeting Kash Singh.
Former Rugby Mayor Coun Ramesh Srivastava, of Newbold and Brownsover Ward, said: “One Britain One Nation has a simple clear message that embraces all of us, irrespective of race, nationality, faith, colour or creed; whether we were born in Britain or have chosen to live here.
“It will be fantastic to see the Rugby community come together for this remarkable event.”
Imogen Nay, Rector of St. Andrew’s Church, said: “The Church in Rugby is located in the very heart of the town centre and it seems fitting for it to host this very special event where all of Rugby’s rich and diverse communities can join together to celebrate this special occasion.”
Aftab Gaffar, Managing Director of Rugby First said; “It promises to be a truly momentous occasion across the country as well as here in Rugby. We would like as many people as possible to join us to celebrate a very special lady, wish her happy birthday and sing the national anthem.”
“There will also be a commemorative book held in St. Andrew’s Church through which people can send their birthday wishes to Her Majesty. The book will be available from Monday May 16, so please take the opportunity to mark this special occasion.”
Email [email protected] or call 01788 569436 for more information on the Rugby celebrations.
Visit www.onebritainonenation.com for more about OBON.