Date: 2001 or 2002
In 2001 a thoroughly Victorian theme was given to the summer fete – it was, after all, the centenary of Queen Victoria’s death. Actors impersonated the Queen and her heir. In 2002 we celebrated Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee. On both occasions the garden – and of course the tea tent shown here – was decorated with flags.
The ladies who made cakes and served teas deserve a special mention in the history of the PGPT, for they gave many hours of time and trouble to the numerous tasks involved in providing teas on the lawn on summer Sundays to an appreciative public. The result of their work was a considerable contribution annually to the funds available to the garden. Gretchen Mason, also Hon Sec at the time, was the first ‘Tsarina of the teas’ in 1999, Nancy Stewart (picture centre, in mob cap) was ‘Queen of the cakes’ and others since have carried on their very good work, giving up their summer Sundays to this cause.