What a day yesterday was it has totally blown my mind away.
We were collected by taxi and as we came into Rochester high st the roads were full of young graduates all robed up walking to the cathedral with the parents and friends.
We were met by some wonderful people who seemed to now who we were straight away and ushered to a the gowning room.
We had the instructions :-
When you arrive at the North Door of the Cathedral, you will be met by Simone Kraemer who
will be your steward for the day. Simone will look after you throughout the day to ensure you
are included in all of the day’s celebrations.
There will be official photographs taken prior to the ceremony and Simone will assist you
throughout these. Following the official photographs Simone will escort you to your reserved
seat in the Cathedral in time for the processions.
There will be approximately 280 students graduating from the School of Music & Fine Art,
School of Journalism, Kent Law School and Kent Business School along with yourself and
an audience of approximately 500 who will consist of student guests, VIPs and academics.
You will see that Mavis and Ray will be awarded the degree and deliver their address
approximately half way through the ceremony.
So we had many photos taken in the Garden of the cathedral and then came in put our robes on.
Joanne and her Mother Maureen had to leave us along with all our guests .
Paul and Lee were there
Our Orator Louis Naylor who we had met previously at Canterbury Uni and Lorna Parrot (who has been emailing us from the start before Christmas and had sworn us to secrecy) kept us calm.
Then every one lined up at the door and we had to a into the Cathedral.
We walked around to the main door where with the Mayor we proceeded in line down the aisle. It was like something out of a movie as we lead the procession through the Cathedral. then the fanfare had me in tears. This is UK pageantry at its best in a wonderful Cathedral that I know so well as we used to live in Rochester Kent.
So many people all turned to watch us just like our wedding day 59 years ago.
I had huge smiles for my friends that were there and Brendan Tulley A US Lawyer waved his arms at me so I just waved back. After all I had been told that Harry Hill had skipped down the Isle so I knew I wouldn’t get told off If I waved with both hands bank to to Brendan. He had already written on my Face Book — I’m on my way to celebrate and honor some of the world’s best people, Mavis Nye
and her husband Ray. They are being honored for all of their incredible work standing up and fighting for asbestos victims and cancer survivors! I’m continually impressed with all they do for Meso warriors and so happy to call them my friends!
My own brother Martin was beaming away with pride.
I can not put into words what I was feeling. Its impossible.
Please just watch the video now as this is what happened.
Ray was in tears as we finished he just broke. but I was so proud of him and so thrilled he had been given the Honour it is great that a Carer has been aknowledge in such a way as they are usually the unsung heroes and have to take back seats.
They had never had a Couple before and they had never had a standing Ovation before –you know me First at everything in this 10 year old journey of mine.
When it was all over we walked back up the aisle with the wonderful Mayor who beamed through the whole day with me. As did the Chancellor and all the University.
I now have freedom of the Uni which I intend to use to the full and attend many functions but above all Im going to be given the chance to do our presentation to the Students so Asbestos and Mesothelioma has really been given so much awareness. Im so very pleased about that.
Lunch was served to us in the Crypt and we had our guests chatting away with the Uni Professors.
That was it all over. we said our goodbyes but then off to the Dockyard where Hugh James. Field Fisher and 12 Kings Bench Walk had sponsored our Swaray We had a lovely harpist playing a lovely touch from Harry Steinberg QC
So many presents were given to us Flowers from IOSH I just havent had time to open the resents as I want to make sure i have everyones names to send thankyou notes. I will do that as we relax today.
Everyone knows how happy we are they were there to share the day but there is one man I would like to thank. He is the man that nominated us as he is such a fan our ours. he is a quiet shy man who has popped up at so many conferences and Meetings through this 10 year journey
Dr Mckenna obtained his PhD from the University of Kent in 2005, and in 2011 completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education. He has previously been a visiting lecturer at City University London, Middlesex University, the University of Surrey, and Canterbury Christchurch University.
So Thank you again to everyone who helped to make the day run so smoothly and it was lovely to have mesowarriors join in the with us as well. Good luck to you as I know you are all on trials A huge thank you to Lisa Goldsworthy Partner and Mother and Father for the donations from her funeral. That makes me feel so humble. She was a wonderful School Teacher in my local school here in Whitstable and I will make sure one of the Research Grants are in her name and I will fight the cause of Asbestos in Schools. She was so young and leaves a 2 very young children. That is criminal.