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Staffordshire Moorlands volunteer Pauline Marsden has met The Queen

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: July 28, 2014

Meeting the Queen is Endon volunteer Pauline Marsden, centre in the grey jumper, and her fellow volunteers.

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A volunteer from the Staffordshire Moorlands has met The Queen.

Pauline Marsden, from Endon, was among the four Peak District National Park volunteer rangers who havebeen honoured by meeting HM the Queen and HRH Prince Philip during a royal visit to Derbyshire.

The royal recognition was even more special as the national park ranger service is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.

The volunteers were presented to the royal couple by the Lord Lieutenant for Derbyshire and the Duke of Devonshire at Chatsworth.

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With Pauline were fellow volunteer rangers Karen Harrison from Cromford, Ian Taylor from Buxton, and Jack Elmore from Sheffield, who between the four of them have given 125 years of volunteering.

Pauline has been a Peak Park Conservation Volunteer supervising a variety of projects for 35 years, and is known as 'Aunty Pauline'.

She said: "I shook hands with and spoke to Her Royal Highness the Queen, and Prince Philip.

"We very briefly talked about the 60th Anniversary of the ranger service and the role of the volunteers.

"It was a very exciting and memorable day.

"The crowds of well-wishers, and children waving Union Jacks created an air of excitement. I feel very honoured and privileged."

Mary Bagley, assistant director for enterprise and field services, who nominated the four individuals, said: "Our volunteers are fantastic – they contribute in so many practical and valuable ways to the Peak District National Park in helping look after this amazing landscape and its habitats, and by maintaining footpaths that enable people to access and enjoy the countryside.

"I put forward these four individuals because they have each demonstrated a lifelong dedication to the national park.

"It would be wonderful if their stories inspired even more people to come and volunteer with us."

Opportunities to volunteer at the national park can be found at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/volunteering.

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