A Hartlepool Mail columnist is back home after a wonderful day at a Royal tea party - and after returning with a lifetime of memories.
Alan Wright, and his wife Joan, joined 5,000 other people for the party at Buckingham Palace which where they mixed with the likes of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, and other Royals such as Prince Andrew.
Even though there were thousands of people there, it did feel as if you were at a family party. It was very informal and beautiful.Alan Wright, Mail columnist
After returning home, Alan said: “It was such a lovely atmosphere and the sun shone all day.
“Even though there were thousands of people there, it did feel as if you were at a family party. It was very informal and beautiful.
“The Queen and the Duke wandered around and chatted to people but we did not talk to them directly.
“But it was the atmosphere that got me. It really was like being in someone’s garden and it was not stuffy or formal at all.”
The invitation for Alan and his wife happened after his work as a spearhead with the Lord’s Taverners movement where his title is national chair of regions and nations.
The Lord’s Taverners is a national charity which helps disadvantaged children.
It raises thousands of pounds for young children and a lot of it “comes back to the area,” said Alan.
The last donation for Hartlepool was for Catcote School and Alan said he loved his role so much because of the “big kick I get from helping the children.”
Last year, the Lord’s Taverners helped around 200,000 children. Among its many fundraising initiatives, it provides specially-adapted transport to special schools catering for young people with learning and physical disabilities.
It also provides fun days, sports wheelchairs, sensory and soft play and outdoor play equipment.
The organisation has 26 regions throughout the UK.
But Alan and Joan are no stranger to the Duke of Edinburgh as he is the patron of the Lord’s Taverners and it was the Duke who was guest of honour at the opening of Durham County Cricket Club’s Riverside ground in 1995.
Alan is the former Chief Executive of Durham County Cricket Club. Alan previously described the Duke of Edinburgh as a “remarkable man. He is 94 and he is so sharp and funny.”