Wayne enjoys a right royal day

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A POCKLINGTON couple enjoyed an afternoon of royal treatment after being invited along to the The Queen’s Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.

Wayne Christie, who is a team manager at Yorkshire Water, made the trip to London with his wife for the big invitation-only event to recognise those who have made an outstanding contribution to an organisation or charity.

Wayne works in Bradford and was named the volunteer of the year for Kelda Group, which runs Yorkshire Water, after his extensive work with the charity group Water Wheelers.

He said that the Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, Sophie Wessex and the Duke of Gloucester, entered the garden party to the tune of the national anthem played by a military band and then circulated among the guests.

The royal party then made their way to the royal tent where they were served tea.

Tea for other guests was served from long buffet tables in other tea tents, where the quantities served were enormous.

Around 27,000 cups of tea, 20,000 sandwiches and 20,000 slices of cake were consumed and some 400 staff were involved in the serving.

Wayne said: “We sat in the sunshine listening to military bands along with 8,000 other guests from all walks of life, it was a fantastic day out and a truly wonderful experience which I will never forget.”