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School children's tribute to the Queen's 63-year reign

Pupils at St. Anthony's Catholic Primary School stood in the shape 63 E.R. Credit: St. Anthony's Catholic Primary School

Children at a school in Leamington Spa joined in today's celebrations marking Queen Elizabeth II becoming Britain's longest-reigning monarch.

Pupils at St. Anthony's Catholic Primary School stood in the shape 63 E. R. to commemorate the Queen's 63 years on the throne.

They also spent the day making crowns, singing the National Anthem and enjoying tea on the school field.

Leicestershire cake maker creates tribute as Queen shows reigning 'a piece of cake'

The cake produced by Fiona Cairns for the occasion Credit: Fiona Cairns/Robert Leveritt Photography

A cakemaker from Leicestershire has created a bespoke cake to mark the occasion of the Queen becoming Britain's longest reigning monarch.

The creation from Fiona Cairns was unveiled on ITV's Good Morning Britain this morning.

Fiona has produced cakes in celebration of royal events before. She was the creator of the wedding cake for Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011.

Fiona with the royal wedding cake she made back in 2011 Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

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New aircraft hanger is "a vote of confidence in the great heritage in engineering our area has" says MP

A new aircraft hanger is to be built at Birmingham Airport for Monarch, creating up to 300 jobs.

Commenting on the expansion plans, Birmingham Airport's chief executive Paul Kehoe said:

"We are delighted to have been chosen as the airport for Monarch Group's UK engineering expansion, following the growth of its flight operation in Birmingham this year.

"The decision to create this state-of-the-art facility in the West Midlands demonstrates Monarch's long-term commitment to the region, creating job opportunities for skilled engineers and young people looking to start a career in aircraft maintenance."

– Birmingham Airport's chief executive Paul Kehoe

Caroline Spelman, MP for Meriden, which includes Birmingham Airport, said:

"The creation of 300 jobs through this facility and the opportunities for apprentices is a vote of confidence in the airport and the great heritage in engineering our area has."

– Caroline Spelman, MP for Meriden
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300 jobs created at Birmingham Airport

Monarch Aircraft Engineering is creating 300 jobs at Birmingham Airport to service aircraft Credit: ITV Central

Monarch Aircraft Engineering - part of the Cosmos and Monarch Airlines is creating 300 jobs at Birmingham Airport to service aircraft. The engineering arm of the group has been servicing aircraft since 1967.

It's going to build a hangar one and a half times the size of Wembley football pitch to accommodate the largest planes in service including the Dreamliner 787.

The company won't just service its own aircraft but will service planes operated by other airlines including Emirates and American Airlines. The hangar will be built at the old Birmingham airport site at Elmdon.

Building work will start in January and it'll be operational by 2013.