The sun came out for six Abergavenny citizens when they visited Buckingham Palace as guests of the Queen at the first Royal Garden Party of the year.

Peter and Pat Millward, Martha and David Holman, Doctor Lindsay Wright and her daughter Rosie were all invited to the Palace in special recognition of their work in various areas.

Peter Millward has had the dual roles of Chair of Trustees and Treasurer of the Bridge to Cross

Charitable Trust for the past ten years. They operate the 7Corners Centre for young people in the middle of Abergavenny. His nomination for an invitation to the Royal Garden Party came in that connection. Peter and Pat stayed in London for two nights so they did not have any

anxiety about being in the right place at the right time. All the arrangements worked out well and they had a very enjoyable day.

Martha and David run the Gilwern based charity Love Zimbabwe and were nominated by the AM for Monmouthshire, Nick Ramsay for their work in support of people in a rural area of Zimbabwe.

Martha wore traditional Zimbabwean dress and was very thankful for the opportunity to go to the party.

She said, ‘It was really kind of Nick Ramsay to put our names forward for this very special occasion. I managed to get close to Princess Anne and saw both Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker-Bowles. To top everything off the food was delicious especially the cucumber sandwiches!’

David commented, ‘I was delighted that the work that we do for people in Zimbabwe has been recognised and I was humbled by the work that other attendees had done.’

Doctor Wright said that she was very surprised by the invitation and doesn’t know who nominated her. Lindsay has worked tirelessly for the rights of others who come to this country from often war-torn territories in other parts of the world. She established the Abergavenny Town of Sanctuary group and has helped many Syrian families to establish themselves in the town. She said that a little part of Abergavenny had been transplanted into the grounds of Buckingham Palace!

A great day was had by all. It is a tribute to the town to have been so well represented at this prestigious event.

Written by David Holman