Woodbridge school's gift to Queen

A PHOTOGRAPH of 300 schoolchildren from Woodbridge will be among the hundreds of gifts the Queen receives to celebrate her Golden Jubilee.Boys and girls aged from seven to 11 from The Abbey School joined with the younger children from Queen's House to take part in a special photograph yesterday.

A PHOTOGRAPH of 300 schoolchildren from Woodbridge will be among the hundreds of gifts the Queen receives to celebrate her Golden Jubilee.

Boys and girls aged from seven to 11 from The Abbey School joined with the younger children from Queen's House to take part in a special photograph yesterday.

The 300 children formed a figure 50 in the school grounds for a photograph taken by an Army photographer in a Lynx Mark 9 helicopter.

Soldiers from 3 Regiment, Army Air Corps, based at Wattisham Airfield, near Stowmarket, brought the helicopter to the school to take the aerial photograph, which will be sent to the Queen to commemorate her 50 years on the throne.

The children were asked to wear their red art overalls in the hope the giant figure 50 would stand out among the green grass. The helicopter then landed on the school grounds so the youngsters could look at the equipment and talk to the crew.

Elderly residents from the nearby Seckford Almshouses came along to watch the event and they were treated to a picnic tea served by the children, who had taken food to school for the party.

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Captain Rob Phayre, a spokesman for 653 Squadron, 3 Regiment, said: "The school wrote to the regiment with the idea of taking the picture and sending it to the Queen for her jubilee and we were happy to help."