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Families tuck into picnics on Bourne’s Whitebread Meadow for Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday

Families were able to enjoy some quality time together in the community when a picnic event was held in Bourne to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday.

Brenda and Jim Jones hosted the picnic at the Whitebread Meadow, in Meadow Drove, Bourne, on Sunday.

To entertain families, Eddie Lunn played guitar and Bourne Borderers danced, and while Brenda would have loved to have seen a bigger turnout, everyone that was there had a fabulous time, making the most of the beautiful sunshine.

The Whitebread Meadow is sold at an unusual auction each April and this year’s event was the 275th auction.

Brenda paid £340 for the privilege of owning the Meadow - a near record price, although the funds are distributed to local charities - a throwback to when the proceeds were used to buy bread for the residents of Eastgate.

It has been a long-held ambition of Brenda’s to be able to own the Meadow, although she admitted she had “no idea” what she would do with it for the rest of the year.

She said: “I paid a little more than I wanted to at the auction but I was bidding against two very determined farmers.

“It’s a tradition in Bourne and I always wanted it but I probably won’t bid again.

“We did have a lovely day on Sunday though. One family even brought a huge Queen’s head with them, which was hilarious.

“I thought it was important to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday and it was a nice community-spirited day. It was perfect weather for a picnic.”

Brenda is now considering the possibility of getting some sheep for the land so they can help her keep the grass short.


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