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PARTY AT THE PALACE TREAT FOR LUCKY PAIR

A LUCKY Melton family rubbed shoulders with the stars at Buckingham Palace on Sunday.

Only 2,000 youngsters and 1,000 adults from all over the country were chosen to attend a special star-studded garden party at the Palace to celebrate children’s literature as part of the Queen’s 80th birthday celebrations.

Melton mum Kay Addinall and sons Jozef (10) and Liam (6) were among the star-struck guests.

Liam, a huge Harry Potter fan, was thrilled to meet actor Rupert Grint, who plays Ron Weasley in the films, Emma Watson, who plays Hermione Granger, and Matthew Lewis, who plays Neville Longbottom, and get their autographs.

Kay, of Meadow Way, said: “It was just amazing. The boys had a fantastic time and loved seeing all the dressed up characters. I really like the Osbournes. When I saw Kelly Osbourne I nearly passed out.”

Larger-than-life literary characters mingling at the party included Postman Pat, Bob the Builder and Winnie the Pooh, plus many more.

The only disappointment for Kay was not seeing Jamie Oliver, but even that couldn’t spoil an amazing day.

She added: “Kacey Ainsworth, who plays Little Mo in EastEnders, and Hugh Edwards, from BBC News, were there along with quite a few authors. The Queen was milling about but we missed her and the Countess of Wessex was in the garden as well.”

Later in the day guests watched a specially-written play based around the theft of the Queen’s handbag, screened live on the BBC.

Kay said she, Josef, Liam and even her dad Alan, who didn’t go to the party, were on TV as part of the event’s coverage.

Reliving their experience on video Kay said: “Josef is on right at the beginning, Liam is on a couple of times and I’m sat next to him.

“Even my dad who didn’t go to the party is on it. You can see his white hair.”

Kay and her family made the most of their weekend in London by seeing Mary Poppins at the theatre on Saturday night and going on the London Eye.

Kay’s husband Stuart, dad, Alan, and mum, Sue, also had a good time watching England beat Ecuador 1-0 in the World Cup while they waited for the party to end.


Original article found here: Melton Times | June 29th, 2010

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