A Week in The Life column with Keith Tordoff

The invitation to the Buckingham Palace Garden Party next Tuesday (16 May).
The invitation to the Buckingham Palace Garden Party next Tuesday (16 May).

I am neither a quiz person nor someone who celebrates birthdays yet last week in this feature I referred to both. The article finished with me asking if anyone knew what occasion you only receive an invite to once in your lifetime.

Friends would quip once invited, never invited back again, but not quite the answer I was looking for.

The actual answer is an invitation to a Buckingham Palace Garden Party from Her Majesty the Queen.

Talk of honoured, proud, chuffed, over the moon, you name it and all those thoughts and emotions were felt when I received an invitation to attend a Buckingham Palace Garden Party.

Making the event even more special, if it ever could be, is the fact that I am attending on my birthday (Tuesday 16 May).

The day is sure to be the most memorable birthday of my life (to date!) and I am of course being accompanied by my long-suffering wife Gloria.

The honour once again hopefully helps put Pateley Bridge and Nidderdale on the map following so many highlights for the area in the last few years. I will write about my experience, the only downside being that I will be away from Pateley Bridge.

I am aware my nomination to attend the garden party follows hot on the heels of Pateley Bridge’s success in the Great British High Street Awards.

St Cuthbert’s Church are preparing their flower festival which will be held at the end of May themed on the Great British High Street. The dates are 26 to 29 May and I am really looking forward to seeing the ingenuity used to highlight the High Street with the use of floral displays.

Talking of floral displays, Pateley Bridge judging of its entry in this year’s Yorkshire in Bloom competition is taking place on Monday 10 July so the team will be working hard between now and then to make Pateley Bridge look at its best.

Pateley Bridge High Street is already looking fantastic with the bunting, banners and bikes on display and I am pleased that the last empty shop unit has a business trading from it this week. The old Tourist Information Office is now a shop called ‘Greetings Gifts Occasions’ and has a fantastic choice of cards and gifts.

Of course Pateley Bridge is the capital of Nidderdale and throughout the area there are so many fantastic and varied types of businesses.

When an area is in the spotlight for the right reasons, it attracts interest and people who want to run a business yet live in a fantastic location.

One example of a business attracted to Pateley Bridge and Nidderdale is Blackhouse Creative, a design agency with award-winning credentials for its work which has started operating from here as well as keeping the business in the Outer Hebrides.

On Monday I had a meeting with a team from Harrogate Borough Council to discuss the draft Economic Growth Strategy from this year to 2035 for the area.

The aspiration is to make our district the best place to live, work and visit which let’s face it, it already is!

In Nidderdale we have the best natural resources to build economic sustainability and a positive future for our residents and visitors, it just needs the vision, passion and leadership to make it happen.

I will be making sure Pateley Bridge and Nidderdale gets well promoted to people in the grounds of Buckingham Palace next week and I will tell you all about it on my return.