Group delighted by Lord Lieutenant’s visit

VIP VISIT: The Queen's representative, The Lord Lieutenant of Durham, Sue Snowdon, can be seen paying a visit to The Athenaeum Club, in Church Street, Hartlepool
VIP VISIT: The Queen's representative, The Lord Lieutenant of Durham, Sue Snowdon, can be seen paying a visit to The Athenaeum Club, in Church Street, Hartlepool

A RETIRED men’s group royally welcomed a representative of The Queen.

The Hartlepool Retired Men’s Forum (HRMF) was delighted with their visit from Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for Durham, Sue Snowdon.

Mrs Snowdon was welcomed into The Athenaeum Club, in Church Street, Hartlepool, where members meet every Thursday morning.

As well as being a boost for the group, it was also a lift for the club, and the town.

Pam Frake, of the Athenaeum Club which helps to cater for the HRMF, said the morning with the Lord Lieutenant of Durham was “wonderful”.

She said: “It was brilliant.

“The Lord Lieutenant came and basically talked about her life, and how she used to be a teacher and a magistrate, and then how she was very lucky to get this position she does now.

“She has obviously met the Queen and carries out duties with the royal family.

“She is very pro the North, and very much trying to promote the north and the things we have to offer in this area.”

She added: “Her talk was brilliant and very uplifting.”

The Lord Lieutenant arrived around 10am and left shortly after midday.

“She was very down to earth and very approachable.”

About 60 people from the HRMF turned out for the event.

David Mills, HRMF programme secretary, said: “Members of Hartlepool Retired Men’s Forum played host to Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for Durham, Mrs Sue Snowdon, at their weekly meeting in the Athenaeum, Church Street.

The Lord Lieutenant, in her address to the members, described her duties representing the Queen and how she travels widely in Durham visiting many organisations and investing people with honours who have not been able to attend Buckingham Palace.”

He added: “We were surprised to learn how many times the Lord Lieutenant has visited Hartlepool and found her address very interesting.”