Proud Illogan woman shows pictures of her father to the Queen
THE CHANCES of actually meeting and speaking to the Queen during her visit to St Ives were pretty slim, but one determined daughter from Illogan managed to do it.
Proud Jackie Pepper queued patiently on the sea front in the vain hope of showing two photos of her late father to the town’s special guest.
The photos showed her dad, Douglas Ernest Udy, being presented with the DSM by Queen Elizabeth I and King George VI.
Flt Lt Udy received the medal for his bravery while working as a navigator on a Lancaster bomber, and, by chance, the Queen’s visit to St Ives coincided with Lancaster Week.
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Mrs Pepper said: “The Queen was doing a walkabout near the lifeboat station.
“I managed to get a space. I asked a policeman if I could show my photos to her and he asked a protection officer, who said ‘hopefully, yes’.
“The Queen walked down the street on the other side and I thought I was going to miss her, then she crossed over and I said ‘your majesty, your majesty, I’d like to show you these photos’.
“I said ‘it’s my dad being presented with a medal by the king and queen during the war.
“She said ‘what a lovely memory’. She shook my hand and thanked me for showing her the photos.”
Mrs Pepper added: “It was a lovely moment for me and a lovely moment for my dad.”