Red­bridge pupils rel­ish their royal close-ups

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community -

KING SOLOMON High stu­dent Richard Gold had time on his hands when the Queen vis­ited Valen­tines Park in Red­bridge with the Duke of Ed­in­burgh as her di­a­mond ju­bilee tour reached London. Richard pre­sented the royal cou­ple with a clock m a d e f r o m wood from the p a r k . He a n d Me­lanie Shutz, the school’s h e a d o f in­for­mal J e w i s h a n d c o m - mu­nity e d u c a - tion, re­cited the brach- ah made on see­ing a monarch.

“I handed the gift to her, to which she re­sponded: ‘How kind of you,’” Richard said. “I replied: ‘You are wel­come Ma’am.’ And that was my big mo­ment. Luck­ily I wasn’t speech­less.”

Pupils cho­sen to sit close to the Queen in­cluded Jas­mine Howes, 11, from Il­ford Jewish Pri­mary and Clore Tikva eight-year-old Cassie Bell.

Jas­mine said “the at­mos­phere was amaz­ing. Ev­ery­one around me was ex­cited and smil­ing. The best bit was when she came into the grounds and ev­ery­one was cheer­ing.”

When for­mer RAF man Mau­rice Con­way, 87, spoke to Prince Philip about his wartime ex­pe­ri­ences, “he told me I was very lucky to be alive”.

Kol Chai Hatch End com­mu­nity’s Rabbi Dr Michael Hil­ton was one of 11 in­ter­faith lead­ers who met the Queen on her sub­se­quent visit to Har­row.

Timely gift: Richard Gold presents the clock to the Queen

Jas­mine Howes flies the flag

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