Royal honour for long-standing Burnham-On-Sea councillor
long-standing Burnham-On-Sea councillor and his wife
have returned from a 'very memorable' visit to the Queen's Royal
Garden Party at Buckingham Palace where they met several famous
faces, including former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
Councillor Peter Burridge-Clayton, who represents Burnham North,
told Burnham-On-Sea.com it was a "great honour" to receive
was a very special day and I also had the pleasure of meeting
and talking to Lady Thatcher," he said after receiving the
invite due to his long-standing work as a town and district councillor.
explained how the impromptu meeting with Lady Thatcher unfolded.
entered the palace and were astounded at the interior. The huge
paintings on the walls were simply outstanding, and the ornaments
- if you can call them that - just made you stop and admire the
splendour. Much of the wood-carved coving was gold leaf and quite
we passed through the palace into the gardens came the biggest
shock. I could not believe there could be so much green and pleasant
land in the heart of London and in the middle of such a built-up
area. There were acres of lawn, gardens and a lake."
He added: "It was an extremely hot and sunny day, so the
cold lemonade was a hit to start off the visit. There were two
military brass bands playing throughout the afternoon for our
entertainment and then, of course, there was the tea."
"There were cucumber sandwiches, as expected, and quite a
variety of other things to choose from. One of the items I picked
was a little chocolate cake which even had the Royal Crest embossed
in gold on the top!"
around 4pm, Her Majesty and Prince Philip arrived and were presented
to a number of people en route to the tea tent. It was over an
hour before she reached the Royal tea tent, where she was met
by many dignitaries and diplomats from throughout the world."
added: "Many of these dignitaries were happy to mingle with
us towards the end of the day. The Archbishop of York and Lady
Thatcher were among those that were more than willing to stop
and have a chat."
too soon, the afternoon had flown by and the Royal Family departed.
The National Anthem was played at 6pm and we made our way back
through the palace. This time we were allowed a little more time
to browse as long as we stayed with our escorts."
am very much a Royalist and Joanna and I had a very enjoyable
and memorable day," he said.