Special invite for royalist

A royalist from Brinsley was invited to the Queen’s Garden Party and said it an ‘unbelievable experience’.

Terry Kelham, who lives in Cherry Tree Close, was invited to Buckingham Palace for tea and cake after his boss nominated him for the hard work he puts in to his job.

“It was very surreal to be in the company of the royals. Me just being Joe Bloggs off the street. It was an unbelievable experience.”

Terry’s boss nominated him for the invite because of how well he adapted to taking on so much more work after a company reshuffle at the Tribunal Service where he works in Nottingham.

She also mentioned in the application that he had just marked 25 years at the firm back in February.

The hardworker said when he got his invite he was ‘gobsmacked’.

“It was a fantastic honour. Being a bit of a royalist it really was a true honour for me. I was just gobsmacked,” he said.”

The 56-year-old, who mingled with 8,000 others from across the country, took his son Matthew and his wife Sue, who he said kept crying because she was so overjoyed.

“She was so overcome by it,” he said.

“She couldn’t believe we were in the presence of all these people and we were in that position.”

The garden party was held on June 6.

Terry went to Nottingham earlier this year when the Queen visited the city.