Thanks for the tea, Ma’am!
A LOCAL employer has enjoyed tea at Buckingham Palace after being honoured with an “unforgettable” invitation to the Queen’s Garden Party.
Ray Farrow, his wife Joy and their younger daughter Sarah made the trip from their Northamptonshire home to central London last Thursday in recognition of Ray’s services to the housing industry.
Ray told Extra Local: “It is a day we will never forget and feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to attend.”
Ray – who founded Technical and Development Services Group (TDS) in 2002 out of his spare bedroom, in partnership with another lifelong Wellingborough resident, Nick Morgan – is a senior consultant and policy enabler acting on behalf of the Home Builders Federation (HBF).
Mr Farrow consults with all levels of government agencies; one of which, DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) was asked by the Lord Chamberlain’s Office to nominate special guests to join HRH the Queen at her garden party.
Ray said: “The whole event was absolutely fantastic. Particularly as we were picked out by the Queen’s usher to have a personal introduction with the Princess Royal. In fact, one had a rather surprising and in-depth conversation with Princess Anne about my specialist knowledge in the engineering of sewers and drainage!”
Headquartered in Wellingborough’s Oxford Street and employing more than 50 people, TDS provides technical and development services to the construction industry and has offices across the UK, from Rushden to Bristol and in Cheshire and Somerset. Clients include the top 25 house builders in the UK. Ray’s work colleagues said they were “very proud of his achievements” and added that the honour of being selected to attend the Queen’s Garden Party “shows well-deserved recognition for the hard work Ray has put in over the years to the house building industry”.
Of his right royal day off, Ray said: “We were blessed with a sunny afternoon and were happily engaged in conversation with numerous interesting people from different walks of life.
“The gardens were a mass of colour and we marvelled at how well they are obviously maintained.
“The splendour and informality of the event made you proud to be British. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh spoke to many people before they took afternoon tea at 4.50pm. It was fantastic.”
Pictured above – RAY OF SUNSHINE: Pictured at the palace are Joy and Ray Farrow with their younger daughter, Sarah, who has graduated from De Montfort University where she majored in history and international relations. The Farrows also have a son, Simon, who currently lives and works in Kuwait, and another daughter, Laura.