College trio enjoy tea with the Queen at garden party

SPECIAL INVITE: Ruth Robinson, left, and Dot Dixon with their official royal garden party invitations.
SPECIAL INVITE: Ruth Robinson, left, and Dot Dixon with their official royal garden party invitations.
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A TRIO of Sunderland College lecturers got the Royal seal of approval as they attended one of Her Majesty the Queen’s prestigious Buckingham Palace garden parties.

Dot Dixon, Ruth Robinson and Janet Dinsdale were invited by The Lord Chamberlain to the regal event, to recognise the contributions they have made to their students the college over the years.

It was a fantastic experience and I feel very lucky to have had the privilege of attending such an event

Dot Dixon, Sunderland College lecturer

Held in the grounds of Buckingham Palace, the three lecturers were among 8,000 guests who were specially selected to attend the party, hosted by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.

They were treated to tea and cakes in the palace gardens, while the Queen, Prince Philip and other members of the royal party greeted guests, who travelled from across the UK to be part of the event.

Dot, from Seaham, has worked at the college for 32 years as a business lecturer and attended after being nominated by her colleagues.

Maths and science lecturer Ruth has worked tirelessly to ensure the success of her students since joining Sunderland College in 2013.

Janet, from Easington Village, has worked at the college for 11 years and teaches ICT.

Speaking after the visit, Dot said: “I was absolutely delighted to be invited, and my husband and son are extremely proud.

“The reaction from students has been quite overwhelming – they thought it was a great honour and I even got a round of applause from one group,

“It was a fantastic experience and I feel very lucky to have had the privilege of attending such an event.”

Ruth, from Peterlee, said: “It was an honour and privilege to represent the college at the garden party at what was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”