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Working Men's Club Manager Mingles With Royalty

Wednesday June 5 2013

Andy and Christine Andy and Christine

A WORKING men's club manager mingled with royalty at a Buckingham Palace garden party after being commended for his community work.

Jump WMC's Andy Hodgkinson, 55, and wife Christine, 55, were invited to join the Queen, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge in recognition of his community work with the club and charity Toc H.

Toc H began as a soldiers' club in Belgium during the First World War and promotes community spirit and acts of service to others.

"It was marvellous and not what we're used to at all," said Andy. "For us to walk around Buckingham Palace and then out into this garden which was as big as most parks was amazing.

"Kate was absolutely beautiful, radiant, and the Queen was looking marvellous as usual."

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Reply Posted by tim on Wednesday June 5 2013 at 16:38
old hodgey lad puttin tarn on map

Reply Posted by Paul on Thursday June 6 2013 at 16:12
Mr Hodgkinson for mayor of Barnsley ..
Good work sir.....

Reply Posted by andy on Wednesday June 12 2013 at 04:17
A lot of time has passed Andy since we both went to Paris in 1984 for the NUM. We definitely had a good crack and I am sure both have some treasured memories. I live in Thailand now Andy it was really good to see you getting some recognition mate.