West Worcestershire MP Harriett Baldwin joined thousands of local people across the county marking the Platinum Jubilee attending a succession of events to mark the milestone.
Harriett criss-crossed the rural constituency visiting events in towns and villages celebrating the achievement of Her Majesty’s 70 years on the throne.
The MP joined dignitaries at the lighting of the beacon on top of Malvern Hills at the start of the celebrations and visited local events and church services as well as taking part in a ceremony to plant a tree as part of the Queen’s Canopy initiative.
“I was honoured to be invited to join civic dignitaries at the lighting of the Malvern beacon and be amongst the hundreds of people who made their way up and down the hill to mark the start of the Jubilee celebrations.
“Despite some challenging weather, I was so pleased to be with people celebrating the service of Her Majesty across West Worcestershire with many people sharing their stories about the Queen or their memories of Jubilee celebrations of the past.
“I want to thank everyone who worked so hard to make all these events happen. It was a special elongated bank holiday weekend and there was lots to do for people of all ages.
“I am sure local people will want to join me in thanking Her Royal Highness for her 70 years of service and wish her all the best for the future.
“One of the lasting legacies will be the extensive tree planting that I have participated in throughout the last few months and the Queen’s Canopy will be an enduring benefit to us all – including the lovely crab apple tree that I helped to plant in Upton’s Tudor Museum this weekend.”
Photo: Upton-upon-Severn’s Tudor Museum (l-r) Upton’s Mayor Shirley Dobbin, Harriett Baldwin MP and Jackie Surtees.