That was the opening line from Her Majesty when Winnie Farquharson who runs SE20 Cycles in Maple Road joined the top table for lunch with the Queen after her visit to Bromley on Tuesday May 15th. The lunch was held in Merton and only the Mayor of Merton sat between Winnie and Her Majesty. Winnie was the only Bromley resident invited to the lunch. He was asked to join the party to tell the Queen about his work with Penge Cycle Club and particularly his after school work with young people in Penge, encouraging their interest in biking and other activities.
Winnie is also involved in the junior cycle club that meets at Alexandra Junior School on Saturday mornings. (see May 4th.)
Winnie said he felt overwhelmed by the honour. He was bowled over by the Queen’s kindness and approachability.
Incidentally, Winnie tells us that he will soon be moving his shop onto the High Street. Wherever he is though, Winnie is a great ambassador for Penge