School cleaner's royal party

PUBLISHED: 11:00 16 July 2011

(click on image for larger view) Bournville Primary Scholl cleaner Pat Davis, giving a talk to pupils about how she met the queen as a reward for after 40 years service. Pat being presented with flowers by head teacher Adam Mathews.

(click on image for larger view) Bournville Primary Scholl cleaner Pat Davis, giving a talk to pupils about how she met the queen as a reward for after 40 years service. Pat being presented with flowers by head teacher Adam Mathews.

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A CLEANER visited the Queen's residence following 40 years of loyal service at a Weston primary school.

Pat Davis has been cleaning at Bournville Primary School in Selworthy Road for four decades.

She was invited to Buckingham Palace for a garden party being held in the grounds.

The school then invited Pat to talk about her time cleaning and her day at Buckingham Palace.

Pat said: “I had a very nice day at the palace.

“I didn’t actually get to meet the Queen because there were a few thousand people but I did see her.

“It is a nice achievement to be recognised for - I didn’t expect it.

“I shall carry on cleaning as long as I can.”

Pat, aged 64, has been cleaning at the school since 1971 where she stood in for a caretaker who had an accident.

She lives in Selworthy Road on the Bournville estate, just 10 doors down from the school.

When it was time for her to finish, a job became available at the school and she has never looked back.

She said: “The school gave me flowers and we had a little party.

“Children asked me questions about how I got to go to the palace and what was it like.

“It is nice to be acknowledged for it.”

Adam Matthews, headteacher at the school, added: “Pat is a fantastic member of the team.

“Her record is exemplary in all areas but more importantly is her sense of humour and caring nature help support children and families in our community.”

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