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Croydon man's surprise invite to Queen's party

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A FORMER Croydon businessman is still puzzling over how he managed to end up as a guest at the service held at Westminster Abbey on Tuesday to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen's Coronation.

Alex Falk can only assume that the reason he and his wife Miriam were invited was because on Coronation Day itself he was working for PA Reuters in the Abbey as a junior to the press agency's photographer.

Mr Falk, who ran the Mr Cad photographic shops in Croydon for more than 50 years, said: "I have no idea at all how they found me after 60 years.

"On the day I was just working but Tuesday was so fabulous. It was an amazing day."

Mr Falk, 76, moved his business out of Croydon because his shop in Windmill Road, Croydon was close to the scene of the 2011 riots.

He said: "We also found a lot of our overseas customers would not come to Croydon because it had got a bit of a reputation."

Mr Falk and his wife were pictured going into the Abbey by Ian Stratton, who was working for Picture Partnership, the photography firm run by Andrew Dunsmore in Shirley.

Mr Dunsmore was asked to supply two photographers for Tuesday's service, with Mr Dunsmore taking pictures inside the Abbey and Mr Stratton outside. Mr Dunsmore said: "We were asked to take pictures of the Royal wedding two years ago and it was an honour to be invited to cover this week's service as well."

Croydon man's surprise invite to Queen's party


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