HRH Prince Michael of Kent visits Herne Bay Junior School
On Saturday 17th September we were honoured to welcome His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent to Herne Bay Juniors for a reception after the unveiling of the statue of Amy Johnson on Herne Bay Sea front.
Despite the blustery weather, Prince Michael, who had made good time in his journey from Kensington Palace, , arrived early and had a cup of coffee and refreshments at the school before going on to unveil the statue. He spent time looking at the exhibition of wonderful work completed by the children about which he was very complimentary. He was interested in the school and asked many pertinent and relevant questions.
The ladies from the PTFA had done a wonderful job of turning the hall into a most attractive venue. White tablecloths adorned utilitarian school tables, wine and pink lemonade from Aldi along with pink and white flowers, kindly supplied by Perfick Flowers completed the festive look. Mr Onions was ready with the camera to record the occasion and Mr Miles ensured light music on the piano and saxophone complimented the chatter in the room. It felt like a community event in every sense of the word.
Jane Priston, the driving force behind the making of the statue, who had organised the whole event, and had charge of over 120 guests escorted the royal visitor to the library where he had a light buffet before joining the guests. Tracey Curtis-Taylor then delivered a powerful talk on how Amy Johnson had inspired her to follow Amy’s journey across the world.
Caroline Gower made an exquisite cake charting Amy’s journey to Australia with a very realistic edible biplane. The cake has now been cut and enjoyed by all.