Clitheroe couple at Buckingham Palace garden party

Pat and Peter Ryan who attended the Royal Garden Party

Pat and Peter Ryan who attended the Royal Garden Party

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IT WAS a Royal date to remember for a Clitheroe couple.

Peter and Pat Ryan attended the prestigious Royal Garden Party in recognition of their hard work and dedication for services to fostering.

The couple, who were nominated by Lancashire County Council, were among 8,000 special guests from all walks of life, including Olympians, who joined Her Majesty, the Queen, the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, her father-in-law Prince Charles, his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Philip at the highly-anticipated Buckingham Palace event.

Peter and Pat began fostering 23 years ago and have in total fostered 54 children. They admit they have have found the experience “extremely rewarding”.

Pat (64), a full-time foster carer, said: “We have always enjoyed fostering and find the experience very rewarding. We have mostly looked after young babies. Some have stayed a couple of weeks, while others a couple of years.”

“When we received the invitation to the garden party from County Hall, we were over the moon and it stated it was in ‘recognition of our personal contribution to the good of the community’.”

Peter (62), a retired postman, added: “The weather was fine on the day and it was great to see so many people there.”

The couple, who have six children, nine grandchildren and a two-year-old great-granddaughter, added: “We love fostering and will continue to do so. We were delighted to be invited to the garden party. It was a brilliant day and will stay in our memories forever.”