Queen’s Representative Attends Show

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We were absolutely delighted to welcome the Lord-Lieutenant of County Durham Mrs Susan Snowdon and her consort Mrs Linda Smith to our performance of The Wind Road Boys. The Lord-Lieutenant of County IMG 4834Durham is Her Majesty The Queen’s personal representative in the county. He/she is appointed by Her Majesty.

The Lord-Lieutenant of County Durham is responsible for areas within the county boundaries, in addition to land within the boundaries of Darlington Borough, Hartlepool Borough and that part of Stockton-on-Tees, which is to the north of the River Tees.IMGP3047

Upon arrival at the Gala Theatre Mrs Snowdon was greeted by Northern Acchord and introduced to Andrea Flynn, MP Phil Wilson and company directors. At the interval, Mrs Snowden made a point of coming to see Paul Flynn (writer of The Wind Road Boys) to tell him how delighted she was with the performance. At the end of the show Mrs Snowdon was invited backstage to meet the cast. Enter CIC student Gracie Flynn presented her with some flowers and then the children listened tentatively as Mrs Snowdon praised their talents. Afterwards, we were delighted to see Mrs Snowdon mingle with the young people.

It is a real honour to have the support from the Queen’s representative and our young people were delighted to meet Mrs Snowdon backstage and ask her about her duties. Her words of encouragement to our young people will inspire them all. We would like to give a heartfelt thanks to Mrs Snowdon for taking the time out of her busy duties to attend the show.

“Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to attend The Wind Road Boys. What a terific performance. You portrayed our heritage skilfully and sensitively. Your cast werequeensrep1news superb. I know how much planning and hard work goes into a production and all involved are to be congratulated on the standard of performance.

I have this morning read with great interest your mission statement ‘Aspirations and opportunities’. You are certainly reaching your goals as Linda and I experienced on Wednesday evening you are giving young people the opportunity to enrich their lives.

It was a privilege and a pleasure to meet you all. Please pass on my best wishes to your team and cast.”
Sue Snowdon, Lord-Lieutenant, Her Majesty The Queen’s personal representative