Day to remember at Palace

Jenny Cripps MBE, left, and Penny Hoey MBE pictured after receiving their awards from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.
Jenny Cripps MBE, left, and Penny Hoey MBE pictured after receiving their awards from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.
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A MEMORABLE, never to be forgotten day!

That was how former Vale of Ancholme School Brigg special needs teacher Penny Hoey MBE and Kirton Lindsey Town Clerk Jenny Cripps MBE described their trip to Buckingham Palace to collect their awards.

The two ladies were honoured for their key roles in the project to restore Kirton Lindsey Town Hall

Once in the gallery of Buckingham Palace, the ladies found themselves with about 80 others, all of whom seemed to be as “nervous and overawed” as they did.

“We were fascinated to discover the varied reasons for awards,” said Penny.

“One lady had hers for services to poetry, another for improving relationships with the Japanese nation and a third for her work in organizing the security for the visit of the Pope in 2011.”

After spotting actor Colin Firth, there to collect his award, Penny and Jenny made their way to the ballroom for the start of the ceremony, where they were to receive their awards from Prince Charles.

Penny recalled the big moment: “He (Prince Charles) congratulated us on our award and hung the medal on the clip.

“A short conversation about the Kirton Town Hall project and the work involved followed.

“He was also aware that there were two of us being given awards for the same project that day - this is still quite unusual.

”This was altogether a magical day and we feel privileged to have been part of it, representing all the people of Kirton in Lindsey who supported the hall project.”