Dave Edwards, also known as Croxley Green’s Mr Christmas, was all set for his trip to Buckingham Palace for a garden party after all the amazing charity work he has done over the years, until it had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
But all was not lost, his daughter Sharon decided to bring the party to Croxley by inviting close friends and family to enjoy a social distanced gathering, and even had a visit from a cardboard cut-out version of The Queen.
The Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, Robert Voss, was also present at the gathering, after Sharon asked if he would do a wave-by.
Speaking to CroxleyNews, Sharon said: “He was looking forward to going to the palace and was naturally very disappointed when it was forced to be cancelled, so I wondered what I could do instead.
“I called Robert Voss to see if he could come by and also invited neighbours and other members of the family to have cake and strawberries in the garden. Two children who lived nearby, Noah and Jojo, even dressed up as the Queens Guards.
~My dad was a bit confused as we didn’t tell him about it. He was over the moon though that we were able to do something on the day, and luckily, the lord-lieutenant has informed us that we will be able to go next year.”
As mentioned, Dave knew nothing about the whole gathering until the last minute and was delighted to have his friends and family around for the event which lasted around two to three hours.
Dave said: “It was really nice to have many familiar faces around, and I was really grateful to Sharon for arranging it all. I didn’t know anything about it until the last minute, so it was a fantastic surprise.”
Picture courtesy of Hoss Photography