Royal invite for RDA’s Mick and Margaret

MICK and Margaret Barrett of Ladykirk were honoured by being invited to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee Year Garden Party at the Palace of Holyroodhouse on Tuesday, July 3.

They still don’t know who nominated them to attend the prestigious event but believe they were put forward in recognition of the voluntary work they have done with the Riding for the Disabled Association.

Margaret has worked with the RDA for 28 years, 26 of them with the Etal Group until retiring from that group last year.

She is still very active with the RDA, serving as Northumberland County Instructor and Training Advisor to all Groups in the county.

Mick also worked with the Etal Group for about 12 years. He served as treasurer for the last five years, and also managed their website and newsletter before retiring just over a year ago.

The weather that greeted them in Edinburgh for the Garden Party last week was cloudy, but dry and warm without even a spot of rain, everyone there was able to mingle quite easily.

The Queen wore light blue and The Royal Company of Archers formed her official bodyguard, very smart with each man carrying his longbow. Other forms of security, though less obvious, were extremely tight.

Refreshments were nothing short of excellent, the highlight being the little chocolate cakes each topped with a chocolate button bearing the imprint of a golden crown, and, yes, the cucumber sandwiches did have the crusts cut off!

Still on a high from his experience, Mick said he and Margaret had “thoroughly enjoyed their day” and said the party was “a tremendous experience.”