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Possibly one of the longest standing organ society members and co-founder of the Colchester Organ Society was recently invited to a special garden party at Buckingham Palace.
Alan Pilgrim, who spent his childhood as an orphan in Halstead after his parents died attended Buckingham Palace as part of Barnardo’s’ 150th anniversary.
Alan Pilgrim, 81, was taken in by Barnardo’s when he was little more than a year old and was found a home in Halstead. President of Barnardo’s, Camilla Parker Bowles, The Duchess of Cornwall, held a garden party in the grounds of Buckingham Palace to celebrate the milestone event.
Mr Pilgrim was one of 500 invited to attend and took his daughter Jayne with him.
Mr Pilgrim said: “It was fantastic. I was so proud to have my daughter on my arm and the Royal party passed right in front of us. It was the first time I have been to the palace. I am very grateful to Barnardo’s. I owe my life to them.”
There was music, cake cutting and the chance to talk to other people supported by the charity at the event.
The garden party was held on May 12th and what a wonderful day it must have been.
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