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Man gets ate with Queen 25 years after she stood him up

A LIFELONG dedicated cadet officer finally got his chance to meet The Queen - 35 years after missing out.

Ray Pennock of the St John Ambulance and Cadet Group in Weybridge was chosen to attend a service of dedication with the Queen in St Paul's Cathedral, yesterday (Wednesday).

The 68-year-old from New Haw was awarded the British Empire Medal in 1977 because of his 'devotion to duty' in the first aid section of St John Ambulance during the Notting Hill riots of 1976.
However, due to the Queen's Silver Jubilee commitments she was unable to award Mr Pennock his medal.
He instead received it from the High Sheriff of Surrey at County Hall in Kingston.
"It was a bit of an anti-climax," Mr Pennock admitted, "and there were only two of us there. I was looking forward to going to Buckingham Palace and meeting the Queen. It's the sort of thing you would remember for the rest of your life.
"Kingston's County Hall is certainly not like Buckingham Palace."
Mr Pennock did eventually get to visit the palace with the cadets, and now he will be able to say he has been there in the presence of the Queen.
"It's not final closure or anything like that, it is just nice for me - second best is better than nothing," he said. "It struck me I was awarded my medal in the Silver Jubilee and 35 years later [going to St Paul's Cathedral] it is the Diamond Jubilee. That tickled me."
Mr Pennock is also a published author having penned a book of humorous stories from St John Ambulance in the past 50 years.

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