Inchcock’s Memories of the Royal Visit to Nottingham
Nottingham is preparing to give the Royal Family a warm welcome when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit the city with the Queen.
Residents have spoken of their joy and surprise after Buckingham Palace announced Prince William and Princess Catherine will join the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh on their trip to the city on June 13.
The Royals will greet crowds in the Old Market Square, before making an appearance on the balcony of the Council House.
They will then travel to Vernon Park, in Old Basford.
Iris Busley, 65, of Skylark Drive, Basford, was delighted at the news of the Royals’ trip to the area.
She said: “I’m really gobsmacked. We’ve never had anything like this in Basford before.
“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime occasion.”
Susan Davis, 59, of Corncrake Avenue, called for everyone in Basford to turn out for the occasion.
She said: “I just think it’s incredible. It’s just wonderful.”
Buckingham Palace announced the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will arrive by train at Nottingham Station, where they will be met by the Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge.
The royal party will then be taken by car to the Old Market Square to greet the public, before going into the Council House to meet the Lord Lieutenants of Notts and Derbyshire and invited guests. Huh!
They are one of 16 couples in Notts given the honour in recognition of celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary this year. Mr Starbuck, of Clarewood Grove, Clifton, said: “It’s all come as a bit of a shock. We’re thrilled they are all coming to Nottingham.
“We will be more than pleased to meet them and welcome them to the city.”
A spokeswoman for Sir Andrew Buchanan, Lord-Lieutenant for Notts, said: “We are thrilled with the visit. It’s unlikely a visit of this magnitude will happen again.
“It’s a one-off, and we are all very excited about it.”
The trip to Vernon Park will see the guests of honour treated to sporting and musical performances by children from schools and groups from Notts and Derbyshire.
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will leave after this, but the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will remain at the park to watch more activities.
Nottingham City Council leader, Councillor Jon Collins, said: “As the capital of the East Midlands, it’s great Nottingham’s playing host to this royal visit.
My response was:
It will be a reet-treat for them!
Being a long time resident of Nottingham, being made redundant three times, living for a month on a pension that’s less than they pay for a bottle of champagne, recovering from heart surgery, suffering with arthritis, impetigo, and angina, collapsed reflux valve, haemorrhoids, and knowing where to find the cheapest short date foods to buy, will no doubt fascinate them.
I offered to show then around the places they would not usually visit without their nine full time protection armed officers and an MI 5 helicopter hovering above.
Well, you’ve got to try and help the poor little Royal mites, bless them!
* I can show them the fourteen police station torched in the Summer riots – or rather the six that are still operating anyway.
* The burn marks on the Canning Circus station grab bars still visible as you climb the steps to go into it to report your being mugged again still brings back memories.
* I could take them home and show them my album of photographs of the local yobbery, with the one of the young gang who terrorise we old fold with mugging us, carry guns, breaking into our property, egging our windows, door knocking and general anti-social behaviour.
* I could show them the scenes where a party-goer was shot in the head with an air rifle, that’s only a few hundred yards to the south of my house.
* Then the pub where a youth was shot and killed, that’s just a few hundred yards north of my house.
* The spot where a man sat in a car was shot at by members of one of the many drug gangs, that’s about half a mile from my abode, and on my weekly 90 minute walking route to the hospital for my INR Warfarin level blood tests.
* Take them on my 40 minute walk to town down Mansfield Road, and point out the variety of closed down retail businesses (46), where the 84 year old lady was mugged and hospitalised last June, while at the bus stop by two illegal immigrants one Sunday morning, the now closed down shop where a lady of 67 years of age was gunned down in a raid and no one has ever been caught for it.
* Let them see the colourful Big Issue sellers as they sometimes get off their mobile phones to actually sell an issue.
* The newly opened outlets in the city centre – the Charity shops, the Bookmakers, the Coffee shops, Pawnbrokers and the ‘We buy your gold’ retailers.
* The constant traffic jams in the city, where they could increase their word knowledge I’m sure!
* Take them to the Arboretum, where sometimes you can find enough grass to sit on without having to move the used condoms, beer cans (Empty), pop and water bottles (Half-empty), half eaten take away foods, fag packets, phlegm, and sick, while they can listen to three or four other peoples music at the same time!
I haven’t had a reply to my offer yet!
I recall when I was in E19 Men’s surgical at the QMC a few years ago now, and Prince Charles was in a ward to himself above us, with two nurses and a sister in attendance full time – having his ‘tennis elbow fixed’!
I was having a hernia repair done, when they found I’d got cancer of the bladder, so attended to that for me at the same time… bless them.
When Princess Diana arrived on a visit to Charles, with her armed protection officers, they were admitted through a fire door to avoid the awaiting press – someone shouted out in great admiration – “Oh… it’s Lady Di, and all the staff ran to the window to take look down at her… unfortunately for me, the auxiliary nurse was taking out my drainage tube from my penis at the time, and as she shot off to get a view of the royalty, she caught and dragged the tube with her foot, and I was covered in blood and in great pain!
I bet nothing like that happened to Charlie when he was having his tennis-elbow sorted?