The Queen marked Buxton’s 175th well dressing celebrations by inviting a couple who have worked for 30 years behind the scenes to a Buckingham Palace garden party.
Ken and Anne Gould went to Buckingham Palace for afternoon tea and a band concert, also attended by the monarch, the Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Alexandra.
The couple, who along with their daughter Christine organise the design and creation of the floral tableaux for the wells, said the uniquely British spectacle of tea served in the immaculate Buckingham Palace gardens with bands playing celebrated the nation’s spirit of volunteering.
“Everybody was there for doing something in their community,” said Anne.
Scout and Guide leaders, local councillors, and at their event, people who encourage young people to take up music, were having their work celebrated by the head of the nation.
“It was absolutely wonderful,” she added. “The gardens were beautiful.”
The couple have framed their invitation to the event, which they said was an honour they had accepted on behalf of all the well dressing volunteers: “There are many others who have been doing it for 30 years.”
But be careful what you read in this newspaper.
“It’s the Buxton Advertiser which is the culprit,” said Anne. “There was a tiny little bit in the paper 31 years ago which said come along if you were interested, and we went!”