A BUSY weekend awaits two Greenbank Residential School teachers who will take tea with the Queen.
Assistant headteacher Mike McCan and senior childcare associate Jackie Boniface will tomorrow (Thursday) attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace marking the 50th anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award.
But the pair, who have run the scheme at Greenbank with the help of Cheshire Youth Service for the last six years, will have little time to sight-see.
'We get back at about 11pm on Thursday,' said Mr McCan. 'Then we leave at 9.30am on Friday to take six pupils on an overnight, 15-mile expedition along the Sandstone Trail!
'We do this 15 mile walk every year as part of the expedition element of the bronze award.
'The pupils really benefit from the scheme - it builds up their self esteem, their confidence and they develop new skills.'
Mr McCan said the pair were excited to be invited to the party, to be attended by the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and Edward and Sophie the Earl and Count-ess of Wessex.
He added: 'I was in London in March and saw Buckingham Palace - you always wonder what it is like on the other side of the gates and now we will find out.'
The school's Duke of Edinburgh scheme hit the headlines last year when the school raised £8,500 to replace its old mini-bus after it was damaged in a crash.