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Granny’s date with Queen

Rev Pauline Bicknell and Mitzi Hayhurst at St Saviour's Church, Aughton, where Mitzi is fourth generation church warden.

Rev Pauline Bicknell and Mitzi Hayhurst at St Saviour's Church, Aughton, where Mitzi is fourth generation church warden.

Aughton granny and world record breaking pudding maker Mitzi Hayhurst was among 88 women and 88 men to be honoured by the Queen and Prince Philip.

Mitzi was honoured by the royal couple in an ancient ceremony dating back more than 1,700 years, and given Maundy Money in the ceremony at Blackburn Cathedral.

The Royal Maundy has its origin in the commandment Christ gave after washing the feet of his disciples on the day before Good Friday, Maundy Thursday.

As early as the 13th century members of the royal family took part in Maundy ceremonies, to distribute money and gifts, and to recall Christ’s simple act.

The recipients of Royal Maundy are the equivalent number of men and women over 70 years old, as there are years in the sovereign’s age (the Queen is 88 at her next birthday).

Mitzi, who once helped cook an eight tonne pudding as part of the Aughton Pudding Festival, is a fourth generation church warden who is also a farmer and uses a quad bike to get around her farm.

Other local recipients of the Maundy Money included Alice Tennant from Bolton-le-Sands and members of St John the Divine church in Sandylands, Morecambe, including Tony Naylor,


Jane Brown, Stan Ross, Shirley Hamley and Jim Pearson.

Mitzi was accompanied to the Blackburn ceremony by her granddaughter Polly Haythornthwaite.

 

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