A Royal Visit for a Gloucester Road Trader!

I was recently contacted by local trader Peter Gurgul of Timeout Travel Ltd based at 196 Gloucester Road. He would like to share his experiences of a trip to Buckingham Palace with the good residents of Bishopston. Please find his account below.

My wife and I run a travel company that specialises in coach travel to Poland and have done so for the last 7 years.

We were invited to a garden party at the palace with Mr & Mrs I G Peszynski of Henleaze. Mr Peszynski served as the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Poland for approximately 9 years, until his retirement a couple of years ago on health grounds.

Mr Peszynski’s main responsibilities were to promote business interests between Poland and the United Kingdom but he also spent a lot of time and effort helping the Polish community to integrate into Bristol upon their arrival from Poland. It can be difficult to settle into a new country, problems can arise with accommodation, jobs, the language etc.

This is where I became involved in that I assisted the Consul on numerous occasions with many issues, I was also in a position to help transport the clients to and from Poland. 

I believe it was for this work within the Polish community that we were invited. Unfortunately Mr and Mrs Peszynski fell ill on the evening before the visit so I attended the Garden Party with my wife.

The day itself was brilliant, the weather was very nice and we were permitted to park on The Mall. The gates to the Palace opened at 3pm where we proceeded through the doors of the Palace across the courtyard and through another room and into the gardens.

At either side of the lawn there were bands playing alternatively. During the proceedings cold drinks, tea, coffee, cakes and sandwiches were all available.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh together with the Countess of Wessex and the Duke of Gloucester appeared on the steps to the garden at 4pm when the National Anthem was played.

Then the Royal Party strolled through the gardens talking to many of the guests. During the afternoon we were able to amble through the gardens and admire the surroundings. 

The party came to a close when the Queen departed at approximately 6pm.

A day in our lives which we will never forget!

Peter Gurgal

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