The day of a lifetime for Alison

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WHEN teacher Alison Bray booked her train tickets to London for the royal wedding, little did she know she would be given the chance of a lifetime to watch the action a stone’s throw away.

A jubilant post on Facebook was picked up by BBC researchers and Alison was asked to go to London and commentate on the wedding from the BBC’s box, just yards from where guests – and the royal couple – entered Westminster Abbey.

Monarchy mad Alison, a teacher at Hartshead Junior and Infant School, took her friend Beverley Firbank and Beverley’s two daughters Hannah, 22, and Emily, 17, to the capital with her.

And Alison was broadcast live around the world giving a commentary on the guests, what they were wearing and the atmosphere on the day.

She said: “I have not come back down to earth yet. We had to keep it low key before the wedding but I wanted to burst and tell the world. I just had a fantastic day – I felt like I had won the lottery.”

The foursome were filmed getting ready to set off to London at Alison’s Holmfirth home, which was broadcast on BBC Breakfast at 6.13am and 7.13am.

Then the crews followed them on their train journey to London, where they were picked up by BBC staff and taken to the BBC box. Other people had paid £900 to stand in the same place, she said.

She said: “One special moment is the image that will always remain with me. We were very fortunate to be right by the gates at Clarence House when they drove past. I could have touched her. They looked just like a normal couple.”

Royalist Alison has met Princess Diana, and was in the crowd when Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson.

Now she plans to camp on the Mall to get a good spot for the Queen’s Diamond jubilee next year.

•See this week’s newspaper for pictures Alison took from the BBC balcony on the day.