June joins royals at Buckingham Palace

June Deasy and Carol Smith outside Buckingham Palace.
June Deasy and Carol Smith outside Buckingham Palace.
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An ex-parish councillor for Ingoldmells, hailed as a ‘stalwart of the community’, has enjoyed a right royal do at Buckingham Palace.

June Deasy, of Ingoldmells, spent an afternoon in the company of the Queen and other leading royals at one of Her Majesty’s garden parties. The Queen holds at least three such parties at Buckingham Palace each summer to reward and recognise public service.

June said: “I was utterly surprised but very happy to have received the invitation to Her Majesty’s Garden Party and it is nice to be appreciated for my commitment to the community in trying to help people in different ways to have a better quality of life.”

June’s contributions to the area include: serving on Ingoldmells Parish Council for nine years, acting as a village correspondent for Ingoldmells and Addlethorpe for the Skegness News for two years and then for the Skegness Standard for nine years, running a weekly social club in Indoldmells for the past eight years, and organising a holiday club for more than 20 years for residents from the Skegness area aged 50 and over.

She attended the party with her sister Carol Smith as a thank you for looking after her when she broke her leg and had other injuries in 2013.

The event featured afternoon tea, as well as live music from military bands.

Along with the Queen, it was attended by the Duke of Edinburgh, the Princess Royal, Princess Beatrice, the Duke and Duchess of Kent and other royals.

“Before the event closed, the Gentlemen of Arms formed lanes for The Queen and members of the royal family to move through guests and Her Majesty gave Carol and I a lovely smile as she passed by,” June said.

She added: “For me, it was the most exciting day of my life which will never be forgotten, so sincere thanks go to Coun Colin Davie for making this day possible for Carol and me.”