Hartlepool RNLI volunteers invited to Buckingham Palace
Two long serving ladies from Hartlepool RNLI Enterprise Fundraising Branch visited the Queen’s Garden Party at Buckingham Palace earlier this month.
Beryl, who is Chairperson of the Enterprise Branch said ‘We both received a letter from the Lord Leiutenant of County Durham inviting us to attend the Queen’s Garden Party at Buckingham Palace. It was such an honour.’
Ann, who has been Souvenir and Collection Box Secretary for the last 12 years, said ‘It was an absolutely amazing experience and a day we will never forget. It was a privilege to go and represent Hartlepool and the RNLI.
'There were eight thousand people there and unfortunately we only caught a glimpse of the Queen’s hat as she went passed but the Palace and the grounds were breathtaking.’There were eight thousand people there and unfortunately we only caught a glimpse of the Queen’s hat as she went passed but the Palace and the grounds were breathtaking.’
Malcolm Cook, Chairman of Hartlepool RNLI Management Committee said ‘It is well deserved recognition of all the hard work the ladies have put in over the past 25 years.’
Notes to editors
Beryl Sherry and Ann Wray
1 Outside Bucking Palace
2 At Hartlepool Lifeboat Station.
• Hartlepool lifeboat station has been operating since 1803. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to www.rnli.org/hartlepool
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