If you spent all week working with catering businesses that range from catering vans through to the finest dining in the land, what would you do for a weekend break?
That’s right you go to the biggest event in the country, where both types of catering businesses delivered royally.
MD Helen Hagger, as usual, was well prepared with a plan leaving nothing to chance. She travelled to a hotel in Slough West on Friday night with Allison, her friend of 35 years.
The alarm was set for 4.20 a.m in good time for the booked taxi to arrive at 5 am. Then a half hour trip to a misty Windsor; already rich with a promise of a beautiful day for the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Celebrities Around the World
Helen walked to Long Walk, where many hardy royalists had slept overnight for their prime position among the 100,000, who viewed the procession.
She was in good time to set up the front row directly behind Sky News and opposite ITV News. Perfectly placed for Allison’s and Helen’s image to be beamed around the world for the almost 2B viewers, among the enthusiastic crowd shots and scene-setting.
It was certainly a great place for celebrity spotting.
Our duo saw Philip Schofield, Julia Etchingham, Alex Beresford, Scarlett Moffat, Lucy Verasmy, Carol Kirkwood, Kay Burley and Alan Titchmarsh.
Not forgetting Rational’s own Chef and Bert, who being prepared, Helen had brought along for the great day.
Crowd Control for Event Success
The crowds began to build once the first trains started to arrive in Windsor around 6 a.m. The atmosphere was amazing and the weather was glorious. And there to protect all were the police using the latest crowd science training developed to respond to various terrorist threats by the College of Policing.
Thames Valley Police were supported by 100’s of police officers drafted in from various police forces. Being there for six hours, Helen had many officers stand in front of her. All were brilliant, happy to chat to the crowd and delighted to be working at such a prestigious event.
The final officer during the actual procession was Slough Police’s Commander. She had just volunteered to man the procession route as a regular police officer and was not in charge on the day.
Sadly all the officers were ordered to face the crowds to ensure there were no incidents. So they were unable to see any of the Royal Wedding procession. Rather like those many catering businesses across the country who are fundamental to the success of an event, but are too busy working to fully enjoy it.
Published Date: 22nd May 2018
Category: Blog, Events, News
Tags: AC Services, Events