Barking councillor to meet the Queen

PUBLISHED: 10:07 05 July 2011 | UPDATED: 11:37 05 July 2011

Barking and Dagenham councillor, Darren Rodwell

Barking and Dagenham councillor, Darren Rodwell


Barking councillor Darren Rodwell, 41 has been invited to the Queen’s garden party in recognition of his community work.

It was also the 41-year-old’s commitment to serving the borough that managed to land him the once in a lifetime invite to Buckingham Palace on July 19.

Cllr Rodwell told the Post that he feels it’s a massive achievement and honour to be asked to go and is ecstatic but extremely nervous about the big day.

The Alibon ward councillor, who lives in Reede Road, said: “I was overjoyed when I got the call from my wife who had opened the letter. I told everyone in work and all my family”

When asked what he was going to say to the Queen, he said: “I’ll probably be to stage struck to even talk, and I haven’t really thought that far ahead yet ”

Darren’s wife will be his plus one and will accompany on the special trip and they both look forward to potentially meeting members of the royal family.

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