Over 4,500 local school children were invited to take part in Nelson Town Council’s extra special coronation event on Saturday 6th May, and turned out in their thousands to celebrate the event and take part in the procession – led by the world-famous Accrington Pipe Band.
Cardboard King crowns were delivered to 20 primary schools and nurseries across Nelson, with students being challenged to decorate their crowns as part of an exciting coronation competition, with a trip to London up for grabs for the winner and their family.
The children taking part were invited to wear their decorated crowns in a spectacular procession in Nelson town centre. The judging of the crowns then took place on the stage show of the coronation day itself, with BBC Radio Lancashire’s Hussnain Hanif leading the judging from a final 10.
Nelson Town Council councillors made the difficult decision in picking the final three. The two runner-up winners of a special London-themed hamper were in 3rd place Zainab Aziz aged 7 from Lomeshaye School, and 2nd place Kynley James Gibson aged 7 from St Johns Southworth.
The top prize winner was lucky Noah Emmott aged 6, who had worked very hard on a lovely replica crown with a knitted inside! He wins a trip to London as a special top prize.
Mrs Hutton, teacher and leader of the school council at Whitefield Infant School, said: “The children had a fantastic time decorating their crowns, and were extremely excited when they found out that they could be the lucky winner of a trip to London with their family!”
Councillor Faraz Ahmad, Chairman of the Events Committee at Nelson Town Council, said: “A key part of our community is our school children and we were very keen to give them an important role in the day. It was amazing to see all the children in the procession, and we were very happy to be able to give such spectacular prizes for the winners. We’ve really given them a day to remember!”
Check out the video of Nelson Town Council’s visit to Whitefield Infant School & Nursery here: