Family’s royal trip

Michelle Casey and Mark Austin
Michelle Casey and Mark Austin

A PATRIOTIC family from Boston enjoyed a front row view of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in London - and featured on the nation’s television screens in the process.

Michelle Casey, 50, of South Parade, travelled down to the capital with her three nieces and 72-year-old mum Christine Pagden, who had been to most of the royal occasions in recent years including William and Kate’s wedding last year and the Queen Mother’s funeral.

The family went to the concert outside Buckingham Palace - enjoying performances from mega stars Tom Jones, Paul McCartney and Gary Barlow - before camping out on the Mall for a front row spot for Tuesday’s procession, where they were a ‘stones throw away’ from the Queen.

Christine spent the whole night on a chair with a blanket while the rest slept in a tent.

Michelle was interrupted by Sky News cameras at 4.30am and later featured on ITV News and Loose Women.

Michelle said: “It was absolutely fantastic. People say ‘you must be mad doing it’ but no, this is something we are going to keep for the rest of your life - it is never going to happen again.”