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Glenda’s Royal invitation

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Glenda’s Royal invitation thumbnailGlenda Rodgers McCormick (left) will be attending the Royal Wedding with her sister, Nora Dunlop on May 19. SPB19-55

A BUSHMILLS woman is set for an once in a lifetime experience after being invited to the Royal Wedding on May 19.
Glenda Rodgers McCormick, who hails from Huey Crescent in the village, received her invitation in the post last month and will be one of 1200 members of the public invited to Windsor Castle.
Glenda was nominated to receive an invitation from the Lieutenancy of Antrim, Mrs Joan Christie, OBE for her contribution to the local community.
On the day, Glenda will be able to listen to a live broadcast of the wedding service, as well as viewing the departure of the bride and groom's carriage procession.
Speaking to the Ballymoney Chronicle, Glenda insists she is 'honoured' to share a part in Harry and Meghan's big day.
“When the letter came through the post and I read that I was invited, it was a big shock," Glenda said.
“The letter was sent by the Lord Lieutenancy of Antrim on April 5 and I was surprised, but very honoured.
“To be nominated out of 1200 people from the general public is a big recognition and I'm very thankful to Mrs Joan Christie, OBE for thinking about me.
“I've been busy getting my outfit ready and my sister Nora will be coming along with me.
“We are both looking forward to the big day and I'm sure it'll be a fantastic experience. I can always say that I've been to Windsor Castle.
“It will definitely be an once in a lifetime experience and I can always say that I was there."
Glenda, who has worked at the Ballyrashane Creamey for 43 years, admits she is a big fan of the Royal Family.
“I met the Queen in the 70's and then later on with my father," Glenda added.
“I admire the Royal Family and the work that they do, especially Prince Harry who contributes a lot of his time to helping disabled soldiers.
“He has a great understanding of what veterans have went through and launched the Invictus Games.
“The fact that he wants 1200 members of the public there to celebrate his day is very special."
Glenda hosts the  Bushmills Through the Wars exhibition every year and it continues to grow from strength to strength.
The money raised from this event goes to several charities, including the Royal British Legion amongst others.
“I've been running the Bushmills Through the Wars exhibition for the last ten years and the feedback from that has been brilliant," Glenda concluded.
“I'm extremely lucky to have a lot of people who want to help the Exhibition and we have had people coming in from all over the world.
“All the money that we earn goes to different charities, such as the church charity and the local British Legion Poppy Appeal.
“In that time, we have raised over £40,000 and I'm very thankful for the support."

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