Royal appointment for Harvey and Wendy

Grandmum Wendy Sowels with her talented grandson Harvey William Oldershaw

Grandmum Wendy Sowels with her talented grandson Harvey William Oldershaw

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A GRANDMOTHER spoke of her “extreme pride” after her grandson performed in front of the Queen.

At eight years old, talented Harvey William Oldershaw is the youngest chorister at York Minster.

And the youngster got the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform in front of the Queen when Her Majesty visited the city recently.

Harvey’s grandmother, Wendy Sowels, was one of the lucky people who got a ticket for the service.

Wendy, 63, a retired receptionist, said: “It was just fantastic.”

Wendy, who lives with husband, David, 63, a retired health and safety advisor, in Hartlepool’s Pinewood Close, had to arrive at the minster more than two hours before the Queen’s arrival.

And she revealed how, at one point, she stood just a couple of foot away from Her Majesty.

The mum of two and grandmother of four added: “It was quite surreal actually but I was extremely proud of Harvey, he was brilliant.”

Harvey, who was christened at Holy Trinity Church, in Seaton Carew but now lives in York, said: “I was very nervous beforehand when I was thinking about it but when it came around I was fine.

“I really enjoyed it.”