A royally minted honour for Joyce

Maundy Money'Joyce Flower,who was presented with maundy money by the Queen at York Minster last week.'Picture by Neil Silk  121536a'12/04/12
Maundy Money'Joyce Flower,who was presented with maundy money by the Queen at York Minster last week.'Picture by Neil Silk 121536a'12/04/12

A LOCAL pensioner got two surprises after a visit from the postman; the first when she thought the envelope stamped with the Queen’s coat of arms was a court summons, and secondly when it revealed she was in fact to meet the monarch.

Joyce Flower, of Danes Dyke, was among 86 women and 86 men invited to receive traditional Maundy money during a service at York Minster.

The red and white coin-filled purses are handed out on Holy Thursday, in a tradition dating back to the 13th century.

At 83 years old, Joyce has dedicated her life to voluntary commitments, and described this experience as an honour.

She said: “It was absolutely wonderful, you felt as if you were a part of history.

“The whole day was terrific; the pageantry was so impressive, the children carrying posies, the yeoman of the guard - I really felt a part of it.

“It was a wonderful honour and one totally unexpected - when I saw the letter I thought it was from the Crown Court but then I saw it was from Buckingham Palace. I was so delighted.”

Mrs Flower has and will be giving more showings of her coins in the community and to local groups before they are passed on to her eldest grandson.