Carol’s royal date at the cathedral

Local woman invited to join special Diamond Jubilee celebration in Exeter.

ONE of North Devon’s longest serving pub landladies was among more than 100 ‘unsung heroes’ invited to attend a special cathedral service to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Carol McCormack-Hole was nominated by her peers at Fremington Parish Council to join the congregation at Exeter Cathedral on Sunday.

Carol, who has owned the Plough Inn, Bickington, since 1977, has made huge contributions to the lives of those in her community.

Twenty years ago, she help usefully helped coordinate a three-quarter-of-million-pound appeal for a CAT scanner at North Devon District Hospital.

A retired school teacher, and former district councillor for 21 years, Carol is the chairman of the Tews Lane Recreation Committee and was lately elected to the board of the Senior Council for Devon, an organisation that supports and champions over-50-year-old in the county.

She said: “It was an amazing service. Everyone who attended was there to represent a bit of Devon and that was what was so nice about it.

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“It was our way of paying tribute to the Queen and I was honoured to be asked to represent Fremington and North Devon.”

As part of Sunday’s service the Bishop presented the Lord-Lieutenant of Devon with a ‘Big Book of Thanks’, a large leather-bound book containing hundreds of pages of written tributes from children and adults in honour the Queen’s Jubilee.

The Lord-Lieutenant, who is the Queen’s representative in the county, will pass the book on to Her Majesty.

Bishop Michael said: “It has been wonderful to see how many people have wanted to share their own stories, and their tributes to Her Majesty the Queen.

“The book is a token of the regard in which she is held by people across Devon, young and old.”

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