Squash chief’s dinner date at Buckingham Palace

Susan Meadows who will attend a gala luncheon at Buckingham Palace next week. (s)
Susan Meadows who will attend a gala luncheon at Buckingham Palace next week. (s)
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Ribble Valley lady Susan Meadows is having dinner with a prince at Buckingham Palace next week.

Susan, whose family home is at West Bradford, has landed a royal appointment with Prince Edward, the Earl Of Wessex, at a special gala luncheon at the palace ahead of this month’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

“It is an amazing honour and I’m really looking forward to visiting Buckingham Palace for this special occasion,” she said.

“Prince Edward is very interested in the positive benefit sport can have on health and the overall contribution that sport can make to improving people’s well-being.”

A former community nurse at Slaidburn and Clitheroe and who played squash for the county, Susan was appointed the interim chief executive officer for England Squash and Racketball earlier this year and her work has helped improve the sport’s profile nationally.

It has proved a huge year for the sport with Lancashire’s Laura Massaro becoming the first English woman to hold both the world and British Open squash titles and she looks set to compete in Glasgow.

“Laura Massaro is a fantastic role model, and she has achieved so much for squash,” added Susan, who will attend the gala luncheon on Wednesday July 9th.

She added: “I’ve travelled all over England in the last few months and heard fantastic feedback from all sorts of people about squash and it has made me aware of the need to help grow our sport further.”