Bridlington’s town crier proclaimed the Queen’s record-breaking reign in traditional style, offering “proud congratulations on this magnificent achievement”.
David Hinde, who bucked the London consensus by calculating the record-breaking moment as 4.18pm, shouted his message to a small crowd in the sunshine overlooking Bridlington harbour.
After ringing his bell and a hearty yell of “oyez, oyez, oyez”, he said: “People of Bridlington and visitors to our town and resort.
“Today is a very special day.
“At this time of 4.18pm on the September 9 2015, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has become Britain’s longest reigning monarch, passing the record set by Queen Victoria with a total of 23,226 days, 16 hours and 18 minutes, over 63 years, seven months and two days.”
Mr Hinde said: “On behalf of the mayor of Bridlington, Councillor John Copsey, and mayoress Jacqui Copsey, the councillors of Bridlington Town Council and people of Bridlington, we offer our proud congratulations on this magnificent achievement. Long may she reign over us. God save the Queen.”
Dressed in his full town crier regalia, Mr Hinde then led the crowd in offering three cheers for the Queen.
Mr Hinde, who was accompanied by the mayor, war veterans and members of Bridlington Royal Naval Association, said afterwards that it was appropriate the event took place in Queen’s Square.
He added: “I think she’s fantastic.
“She’s held the heritage of the country in great esteem. We have the visitors coming over and spending money for the economic benefit of this country and maintaining the tradition of the monarchy right back.
“And it’s a fantastic thing to play a part in that and we’re here today to make sure that we give respect to the wonderful achievement that she’s done.”