Royal honour for Don and Paddy

Don and Paddy - maundy money
Don and Paddy - maundy money

FRIENDS from a Pocklington church had a day to remember when they received the traditional Maundy money from the Queen in York.

Pocklington All Saints’ Church members Don Senior, 86, and Paddy Palmer, 83, were invited to York Minster last Thursday where the Queen distributed Maundy money to 172 pensioners from around the country.

The recipients were nominated for the honour because of their service to the church and the community.

Mr Senior, of The Balk, said he was “surprised” when he received a letter from the Dean of York saying he had been nominated by someone from All Saints’ Church to receive the Maundy money.

Mrs Palmer, of Garrick Close, said: “When this letter came I thought someone was playing a joke because it was two days after my birthday.

“I thought, what have I done to deserve this? You feel very humbled by it.”

Over the years both of them have given up a lot of their spare time to do work for the community and the church.

Mr Senior has been a life long member of Pocklington All Saints’ Church, where he was once a warden and committee member, and has done much work with the scouts in Pocklington and surrounding villages.

He also used to run St John’s Cadets in Pocklington.

Mrs Palmer has been involved with the Diocese of York since 1976 and has spent many years doing lay reading for the Church of England and visiting the sick and bereaved.

Speaking about when she received the Maundy money, she said: “A lovely thing about it is when she gives it to you it’s a very personal thing. She looks straight into your eyes and says ‘these are for you’ to everybody.”

The recipients at last Thursday’s service included 86 women and 86 men – one for each year of the monarch’s life – as part of a long-standing Easter tradition. Each of them were given a red purse containing a £5 coin commemorating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and a 50p coin.