Alan’s memories of Queen on TV

The Queen shakes hands with Alan Booth MBE

The Queen shakes hands with Alan Booth MBE

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SCARBOROUGH’S town crier Alan Booth is set to feature in a BBC TV programme about people who have met the Queen.

The show will be broadcast on Tuesday June 5 as part of the channel’s Diamond Jubilee coverage.

Mr Booth has met Her Majesty three times altogether. The first was 25 years ago during a town crier championships on the Isle of Wight, the second was at Scarborough’s Open Air Theatre in May 2010 and the third time was last month when he received Maundy Money at York Minster.

The TV show will feature an interview with Mr Booth about when the Queen came to officially open the revamped Open Air Theatre.

He had the task of introducing Her Majesty’s arrival at the venue, which was packed with 7,000 excited audience members.

Mr Booth said: “It’s something I will remember forever. There was such a feeling of excitement on the day - everyone was looking forward to it. The sky was blue, the sun was shining and everything was in our favour.”

He remembers taking up his position so he could see when the cars were pulling in.

Mr Booth said: “I looked to my left and saw those 7,000 people there, all with their flags waving.

“I wanted the Queen to come into view just as I finished my cry. When she did the theatre just erupted.

“If there was a roof, it would have lifted off.”

The Queen was introduced to Scarborough’s freemen of the borough, including Mr Booth.

He told Her Majesty that he had met her before at the town crier championship at the Isle of Wight many years ago.

She replied: “Oh, wasn’t it noisy!”

Mr Booth said: “I thought she was astounding. Everything about her was radiant.

“Where she gets her energy from I don’t know.”