Sunday 2nd June is the 60th Anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
On Coronation Day news reached Britain, of the historic first ascent of Mount Everest by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. Closer to home Fort William Burgh Councillors climbed Ben Nevis to present their Loyal Greeting from the “highest level” via a BBC Broadcast (in English and Gaelic).
Sixty years on, as a local councillor for Fort William and South Lochaber, I will slowly plod up Ben Nevis and celebrate that historic day with my own Coronation Tea at the summit. What better way to acknowledge the Queen’s service than recognising those who serve our country in a very different way – those heroes who serve in our armed forces.
I am raising money for Help for Heroes to support their work with injured service personnel. My target is £600 – £10 for every year since the Coronation. You can make a donation, securely online – please give generously!
I will be taking a modern day version of the Loyal Greeting to the summit (in English and Gaelic) along with the names of everyone who has donated to the worthwhile cause I am supporting. I will forward this to Buckingham Palace after it returns to lower ground. I have extended an invitation to my fellow councillors to join me on the day, even if they are unable to walk to the summit with me, I hope that they will sign the Loyal Greeting whilst also donating to a very worthwhile cause.
If you want to join me on the summit and raise a cuppa (and perhaps a wee dram) email me for details: firstname.lastname@example.org