Children’s quirky stories reveal what they would do with the Queen for a day
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Did you hear about the time the Queen hopped in a taxi to visit a care home in Drayton, but declined to pay the £15 fare?
The unlikely scenario only exists in an eight-year-old's prize-winning story, but the care home that organised the competition hopes it will raise a royal chuckle when it is sent to Her Majesty as a gift for her 90th birthday.
The tale is one of four pieces of imaginative writing on the theme of spending a day with the monarch that earned pupils at Kinsale Junior School, in Hellesdon, special awards from residents of Brooklands care home in Drayton.
The care home organised the story telling contest as a way of saying thank you to pupils who had previously treated residents to afternoon tea.
Year 3 teacher Jenna Clarbour said the children discussed ideas in class, and talked about the Queen, her interests and her family, before coming up with their own compositions.
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She said: 'We had quite a lot of 'one would like's using the Queen's voice, and there were quite a lot of corgi-themed ones.'
More than 60 children who entered the competition received goodie bags from care home residents, which included sweets and stationery, while the four winners received book tokens.
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The entries were judged on criteria such as imagination and entertainment value, and they have now been compiled in a book which is being sent to Buckingham Palace for celebrations of the Queen's official birthday.
Miss Clarbour said: 'I'm sure she would be very entertained by the children's ideas of what she would like to get up to for the day. There are definitely some things that would make her chuckle.
'It would be interesting for her to see what stands out about her life to a seven or eight-year-old.'
Brooklands manager Cathy Charley said: 'It's so lovely that the book comes from the oldest and the youngest in our community, and our residents loved talking about their memories of the Queen and are looking forward to reading all the children's stories too.'
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