Memories of the Queen Mother
I must tell you
that again in connection
with the Bach choir,
that in those late eighties
I was on one occasion involved
in a concert for the Royal family
and the then Director of the Bach Choir,
Sir David Wilcox, as I’ve mentioned,
introduced me to the Queen Mother
and when Her Majesty was told
that I worked at Fairfield,
quick as a flash, she said
"I opened that"
and I said I know you did Ma'am
and we have photos still in the foyer
showing you doing so.
And I was incredibly impressed
she answered as I say very, very quickly,
now that was twenty five years after
she’d opened that Hall
and she had undertaken
quite a few engagements since then
but she never forgot Fairfield,
and she made a point of saying to me
that she felt that Croydon Council,
Her words were
were very brave to open the hall,"
now she didn’t mean in any way
that they were fool-hardy
I’m sure she meant
that they were innovative.
They realised that they had a community
that had to be served,
the Council realised that
and they took the plunge and did so,
and that I’m sure is what Her Majesty felt
by saying it was very brave
of the Council to do that.