Queen is the lady in red at Thornham hall

The Queen paid a private visit to view the new village hall at Thornham.

The Queen paid a private visit to view the new village hall at Thornham.

Thornham residents were “honoured” when the Queen paid an unofficial visit to open their new village hall.

Crowds waved flags and cheered as Her Majesty arrived on Tuesday to congratulate villagers on their new £640,000 community facility.

The Queen was given a tour of the modern building, and spoke with residents who helped turn a five-year development plan into reality.

“Her Majesty really enjoyed the visit,” said John Warham, chair of Thornham Village Hall and Playing Field Ltd.

“She saw a display showing the development of the field over the last seven years, from when it was growing turnips to getting a sports field, children’s play area and now the new village hall.”

Colin Venes, chair of the Thornham Village Hall Committee, added: “We were absolutely delighted Her Majesty agreed to come and open the hall. The village was honoured and we were delighted at how it went and how long she stayed to speak with us.”

The Queen received gifts including a recycled bag from the BagLadies of Thornham, a Photographic History of Thornham book and a posey of flowers presented by four-year-old Seth Clarkson.

Crowds outside the hall included Brancaster Primary School, with pupils spending the day before the visit making flags to wave.

Headteacher Sarah Bocking said: “We are all very excited to be here today, and we will be going back and talking about the visit in our lessons.

“It’s nice that as the Queen has connections with this area that the children can come and do things like this.”




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