Puddleducks boss Glenda chats with Queen

Glenda Gill and Lesley Honeyman at Puddleducks tearoom prior to their reception with the Queen. (s)

Glenda Gill and Lesley Honeyman at Puddleducks tearoom prior to their reception with the Queen. (s)

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Just months after taking over an established business, the owners of a popular village shop found themselves invited to a right royal reception.

Glenda Gill and Tony Bradshaw bought Puddleducks, the shop, tea room and post office, in Dunsop Bridge in February.

It was great to engage in conversation - the Queen said I was lucky because Tony does all the cooking at the café!

Glenda Gill

The business is located in the picturesque village which lies at the heart of the geographical centre of the United Kingdom and is owned by the Duchy of Lancaster, overseen by the Queen in her role as Duke of Lancaster.

Glenda and Tony were invited to a reception at Lee Farm, Myerscough, three months after they had taken over the business. The reception marked the 750th anniversary of the creation of the Duchy of Lancaster, and 100 people from the area were invited to an audience with the Queen.

Glenda said: “Meeting the Queen was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I was thrilled. Tony couldn’t make it, so my sister Lesley Honeyman came with me.

“We were invited to meet her in groups and she spoke to each of us individually. I told her we had only been at Puddleducks for three months and she enquired about my previous job. It was great to engage in conversation - the Queen said I was lucky because Tony does all the cooking at the café!”