Newspaper Article 1986 – This must be the perfect wish

This must be the perfect wish

Seven into six won’t go.. unless you wish it to.

It was a wish granted which made Friday, February 28, a perfect day for Queen’s Service Medal recipient Melva Mildenhall.

Melva found herself in a quandary when selecting six family and friends she could officially invite to attend her investiture ceremony.

Melva had seven people she wanted to invite and she was only allowed six. So who would miss out?

It seemed Mr Lewis Stewart, a Hastings friend who works at Unilever, Hastings, would be the unlucky one – he had work commitments anyway so was unable to make the occasion.

Melva was disappointed but she was unaware Lewis’ daughter-in-law Mrs Debbie Stewart, had entered a radio “win a wish” contest requesting that Mr Stewart attend the investiture ceremony.

And who should win the contest but Debbie. Her wish – and indeed Melva’s – were granted.

Disappointments and work commitments were put aside and Lewis was able to see Melva receive her QSM from the Queen.

“It just couldn’t have worked out any better. For me, it made it a perfect day,’ smiled Melva.

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March 1986

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Newspaper article


  • Melva Mildenhall
  • Debbie Stewart
  • Lewis Stewart

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