Tea with The Queen for longest serving employee


It was the perfect weather for the Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, the sun was out, the skies were blue and the palace grounds were full of amazing people.

It was extra special for Harrow as one of our longest serving members of staff - Peter Akehurst had the honour of attending the event. Peter has worked for Harrow Council and served the community for 47 years, and for his services, he was rewarded with a special invitation from the former Mayor of Harrow, Cllr Rekha Shah to join her at the Royal Garden Party.

Peter, aged 70, started working with the council in 1970 as a grounds man. Over the years he has worked across colleges, schools and housing estates and today looks after the parks and gardens for the elderly and disabled.

Former Mayor of Harrow, Cllr Rekha Shah said:

“The Royal Garden Party is all about giving recognition to people that work hard to make their community a better place and Peter is one of these amazing people who has made a significant contribution to Harrow and its residents.   

“Peter loves his job and takes pride in keeping Harrow’s beautiful parks and green spaces clean and tidy so that residents and visitors can enjoy them. I’m happy Peter was able to join me at the event – it was a lovely day meeting inspiring people who have helped their community.”

Peter Akehurst said:

“It was a great honour to be invited to such a prestigious event and this will be something I remember for a long time. It’s not everyday you can say ‘I spent the afternoon having tea with The Queen’.

“I love my job, being outside in the fresh air, but what really makes me happy is seeing the community enjoy the many wonderful parks that Harrow has to offer.”

Also representing Harrow at the Royal Garden Party was the former Mayor’s daughter Cllr Aneka Shah-Levy and Cllr Manjibhai Kara.