A formal lunch was held at King's College on Thursday 19 November to celebrate long service to the University, attended by Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh. The 100 longest-serving University employees were invited to attend with their partners.
Three members of Plant Sciences attended; Glynn Jones, who joined the Department as a Scientific Assistant in 1967; John Green, who joined as a Scientific Assistant in 1968; and Sue Green, who was appointed as a Scientific Assistant in 1971. Maggie Goddard also attended the lunch with her husband Barrie, who joined Plant Sciences in 1963 as a Junior
Technician, before moving to the Department of Chemical Engineering in 2000.
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the occasion. The Greens were slightly shocked to discover from the seating plan that they were sitting on the top table with the Queen, as the only married couple in the University both with long service. All those attending were given a commemorative book, marking the University's 800th anniversary.