It was twenty years ago today, Sgt. Pepper told the band to play. They’ve been going in and out of style, but they’re guaranteed to raise a smile… sorry, sorry wrong post.
It was twenty years ago today that Princess Anne came to Walkington to open the refurbished kitchen in the Village Hall. It was 22nd May 2001. The Princess Royal was invited to Hull by Jackson & Sons to celebrate 150 years of baking bread and she visited the oldest of Jackson’s store on Princes Avenue.
The Royal Party then travelled to Walkington for lunch in the Fergie and then attended an informal reception in the Village Hall. Princess Anne had previously asked to meet villagers and invites were sent out to groups that used the hall. The village representatives were sat at tables and Princess Anne chatted with people at each table and I’m told showed a great deal of interest in what was going on in the village. So much so, that she went well beyond the allotted time.
At one table ( it may have been the Hayride table) she was told that “the ‘osses’ at the Hayride knocked your Dad’s ‘osses into a cocked hat”. We’ll probably never find out what she replied.
The Village Hall Committee had been awarded a £5000 grant from the National Lottery specifically to carry out the refurbishment and the Royal Opening must have been a special day for the hundreds of people who waited outside to cheer HRH, The Princess Royal.