BY HER ROYAL HIGHNESS
Princess Anne visited us at Osborne on Monday 31st July 2017
We were privileged
to have a visit from the Princess Royal on Monday 31st July 2017. The
Princess was visiting the Isle of Wight to attend various functions in
connection with the sailing regatta at Cowes. She took one and a half
hours out of her busy schedule to help us celebrate the achievement of
some of our volunteers. She arrived by helicopter just after eleven o'clock
and was greeted by the Lord Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight, two staff
members from the RDA and from the Island driving group, Jenny Clune, Jean
Crouch and Peter Lano.
Royal Highness then was introduced to the ponies and AB whips before spending
some time meeting and talking to all the drivers, each in turn. Diddy
presented HRH with a posy of flowers after which there was time for HRH
to award long service certificates to Jenny Clune, Pat Simpson, Jill Warren
and Jean Winter. Michael and Frank Bingham, winners of events at our fun
day received trophies for their efforts and Jill Blanchard was presented
with the Ardingly trophy for services to the group. Pocus our little Welsh
Section A pony was given a lot of attention for all his hard work for
fifteen years and presented with long service medal for his brow band.
Robert and Sheila recently
celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary and showed huge generosity
by asking for donations to be given to the Island Pony Driving Group in
lieu of gifts. They presented our treasurer Jenny with a cheque for seven
hundred and fifteen pounds. Many thanks to them both and their many friends
who must think so much of them
Great many thanks also to everyone who worked so hard to make the visit possible.
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