Queen thanks Hitchin group for DVD

The Queen when she visited Hitchin last year

The Queen when she visited Hitchin last year - Credit: Archant

A GROUP which captured on film the royal visit to Hitchin has been thanked by the Queen.

Commemorative DVD A Royal Day to Remember was sent to Her Majesty just before Christmas, and this month she sent her thanks to those who had made it.

The 10-minute film, compiled by Hitchin Historical Society’s film archivist Richard Whitmore and fellow member Sam Hallas, marks the monarch’s visit to the town last June.

In a letter to the society, the Queen’s private secretary said: “It was very kind of you to send this gift and it will serve as a lasting reminder of the Queen’s wonderful Diamond Jubilee visit to Hitchin which was one of the many highlights of the Jubilee year.

“This letter comes with the Queen’s best wishes to you and all those who were involved in producing the DVD and in organising the Diamond Jubilee visit to Hitchin.”

The DVD, which is still available to buy, covers Her Majesty’s arrival at Hitchin Rail Station and the rousing reception she received from crowds.

Mr Whitmore, a former BBC newsreader, also provides commentary.

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He said: “We are delighted to receive this letter from Her Majesty. This was the first time she had visited our town since becoming monarch and I felt it was important to make a pictorial record of the occasion for the society’s archives.

“I appealed for photographs and film, both amateur and professional, and received a wonderful response.”

The DVD can be bought from Hitchin Initiative offices in Churchyard for £5.