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Royal Visit - a dream come true for 106-year-old

Dreams can come true, at least they will for 106 year old Alice Potter when she finally meets the Queen next week.

Alice, who lives in a care home in Fernhill Heath, has been invited to take part in the official opening of The Hive, which is the first stop on the Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh's Diamond Jubilee visit to Worcester on Wednesday, July 11 and after living for more than a century she is going to realise a life-long wish to meet her Majesty.

It has all been made possible thanks to her carer Victoria, who wrote to Worcestershire County Council to ask if Alice's dream to meet the Queen could be turned into reality.

Victoria said: "I took Alice out for tea on her 105 birthday and asked her if she had done everything she wanted to do she said yes but would have liked to meet the Queen."

After getting Victoria's letter, the cause was taken up by the County Council.

Victoria added: "Although it was about 18 months ago I remembered what she had said and now that the Queen is coming to Worcestershire we can make that dream come true. Neither of us can believe it's actually happening."

Alice's part will be to present the Queen with a bouquet of flowers.

When asked whether she is looking forward to her big day, Alice nodded and said: "yes, very excited and a bit wobbly!"

Caption - Alice's holds up the precious ticket to her big day meeting the Queen.

Background to Alice…
She was born in the district of Westminster, London on 20 January 1906.

She spent the early part of her life in London eventually attending Whitelands teacher training college. She lived and taught in Birmingham and Oxford and it is believed that she taught at Cherry Orchard School in Worcester. Her time spent in Oxford was due to her father's occupation as an Engineer working for Morris Motors in close association with Lord Nuffield in the early days of the motor industry.

It was while living in Oxford that she met her husband Dennis. He was a technical author and with his job they emigrated to Western Australia with their son John. She carried on her teaching whilst in Australia, but returned to England in her late seventies following the death of her husband.

On returning to England she became a staunch supporter of Old St Martin's church and until well into her later 80's helped with the general administration of the Parish Office. Even into her 90's she was still travelling to Australia alone to visit her son and grandchildren.

Alice lived in St Oswald's Almhouses until some two years ago when she moved to Morton House, Fernhill Heath where she is very well cared for and respected by all the staff.

***Residents planning on attending the Royal Visit in Worcester City are urged not to drive into the city centre, and instead walk in if possible, or take the train or FREE Park and Ride service from Perdiswell or Sixways.

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