Guests stood to applaud the Queen

HOW delightful to read that Ms Bressington's enjoyment of the royal visit to Weston was not dampened by the weather. I hope that she like

HOW delightful to read that Ms Bressington's enjoyment of the royal visit to Weston was not dampened by the weather. I hope that she like thousands of others throughout North Somerset had a day to remember. What a shame that her day was marred by the apparent absence of flags. As one among many involved with the visit, I may be able to offer some reassurances to quell Ms Bressington's concerns. As the Weston Mercury photo so clearly illustrates, the royal standard did fly over the Winter Gardens during the Queen's visit. I believe that royal etiquette prescribes that the standard may only be flown whilst Her Majesty is in the building. This is why well-wishers waiting outside the Winter Gardens didn't see the flag flying as the Queen drove by.I'm informed that the Queen was offered tea and coffee upon arrival, but declined. This is hardly surprising since she knew that within minutes she would be sitting down to a lovely lunch with 160 invited guests. All those guests stood to applaud the Queen as she entered the ballroom. So I think that we can say she did receive a very warm welcome. Incidentally, the lunch was provided by many local companies who donated their services and products.I'm afraid there were no new curtains. Patrons of the Winter Gardens can look forward to that in the autumn. The coat of paint is part of a major refurbishment currently under way. Over the coming months I hope all visitors to the Winter Gardens will enjoy the new look. The Queen only benefited from a little of what's planned, but I'm pleased to say she seemed to enjoy it.KEITH PYKE - Whitegate Close, Bleadon


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