A service with the Queen for Wendy

Harvey William Oldershaw
Harvey William Oldershaw

A PROUD grandmother is all set for a Royal appointment as her talented grandson performs in front of the Queen.

Hartlepool woman Wendy Sowels, 63, is making her way to York tomorrow and will be one of the lucky few in York Minster at a service put on for Her Majesty’s visit to the city.

Wendy’s talented grandson, Harvey William Oldershaw, eight, is a chorister at the minster and will get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of singing in front of the Queen during the service.

The retired receptionist, who lives with husband, David, 63, a retired health and safety advisor in Pinewood Close, Hartlepool, was “absolutely delighted” when she found out about Harvey’s royal opportunity.

But the mum-of-two and grandmother-of-four was even more thrilled when her daughter and Harvey’s mum, Angela Oldershaw, 42, offered the one spot available to Harvey’s family for the service to Wendy.

“I’m really excited now,” beamed Wendy, who is also a mum of Chris, 40.

“I’m going to be so proud.”

Harvey was christened at Holy Trinity Church, in Hartlepool, but now lives with his family in York.

He became a chorister after impressing at auditions when he was seven.

He now practises every morning and night and will perform as a chorister at York Minster until his voice breaks.

Wendy and David regularly make the trip to York to watch Harvey perform.

“We go to all of the evensong services and the atmosphere is just wonderful,” added Wendy.

“If Harvey has to sing on his own he gets quite nervous, but when he is singing as part of the choir he is fine.

“I’m sure they will all feel some nerves when they sing in front of the Queen though.”