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Sweet taste of royal honour for quad bike riding grandma

Mitzi Hayhurst gives her granddaughter Polly some of her pudding at the Aughton Pudding Festival 2013.

Mitzi Hayhurst gives her granddaughter Polly some of her pudding at the Aughton Pudding Festival 2013.

A world record breaking pudding maker will meet the Queen and Prince Philip today (Thursday).

Mitzi Hayhurst is one of 88 women and 88 men who will be honoured by the royal couple in an ancient ceremony dating back more than 1700 years.

Mitzi, who once helped cook an eight tonne pudding as part of the Aughton Pudding Festival, will receive ‘Maundy money’ at Blackburn Cathedral.

A piece of the pudding was sent to Prince Charles.

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 next birthday).

Mitzi is a fourth generation church warden who is also a farmer and uses a quad bike to get round her farm.

Other local recipients include 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.

 

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