History in the making, ma’am

Lytham and St Annes town crier Colin Ballard proclaims the health of Her Majesty the Queen on the day she becomes the longest serving monarch
Lytham and St Annes town crier Colin Ballard proclaims the health of Her Majesty the Queen on the day she becomes the longest serving monarch
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Oyez! Oyez! The Queen has made history - and we are so proud we want to shout about it.

Town crier Colin Ballard was in Lytham and St Annes town centres to celebrate Her Majesty reign of 63 years and seven months on the day she became the longest-serving monarch in British history.

He was joined by Fylde and St Annes town council representatives as he proclaimed:

“Rejoice today, for we mark and celebrate the remarkable achievement in that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is now Britain’s longest reigning Monarch.

“Since undertaking your duties on February 6, 1952, you have served our country with remarkable fortitude and aplomb.

“We salute you and are proud and honoured to present ourselves here today to thank you and proclaim your loyal and enduring commitment to our country. God save the Queen.”

Colin said afterwards: “”The likelihood of this momentous event EVER happening again is very, very rare.

“I read that Her Majesty isn’t proposing to celebrate as such and wants it to be ‘low key’.

“The proclamation in no way flies in the face of that - I wouldn’t do it, but does seek to assure her of our loyalty and appreciation for her service.

“It is a proud day and a wonderful landmark.”