University worker Amy Dale was still beaming this week after enjoying a once-in-a-lifetime trip to London for the Queen’s Jubillee Concert.
Amy, collections curator at St Andrews University, entered a competition where just 5000 pairs of a tickets were available for the concert staged at Buckingham Palace.
She was stunned when she first discovered she was one of the lucky winners so last weekend she was off to the palace with her sister, Charlotte, for a picnic at the palace followed by the concert with the royal family.
“We got to Buckingham Palace about 3pm, walked round all the grounds and it was fantastic,” said Amy.
“There were gazebos set up and they were playing music from all over the world.
‘‘Thankfully the rain stayed off, we were much luckier than everyone who went to the big event on the Thames the day before when it rained.
“Then, at about 6.30, we took our seats for the concert. The bands were really good, and there was a really wide selection of different types of music. Madness were brilliant playing on the roof.
“The sun was setting and casting a really nice light over the crowd and the stage.”
After the concert ,Amy headed back to her sister’s house as an estimated crowd of 250,000 - who had packed into the parks near the palace - drifted away.
“It was a moment in history, a really special day, and the sort of thing you tell your grandchildren about,” she added.