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Optical technician attends King’s Garden Party

West Yorkshire-based optical technician Kevin Walton attended the King’s Coronation Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on May 9. 

Walton and his wife Jane, pictured, were invited in recognition of almost 50 years working in the optical industry at various opticians. 

They spent the afternoon walking around the grounds of Buckingham Palace and had lunch in a marquee, and Walton commented the food and service was of a high standard.  

‘It was very interesting and a lot to absorb inside the Palace’s garden. It was such a memorable experience,’ he added.  

Also in attendance were the Prince and Princess of Wales, the Princess Royal, the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh and Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.  

Walton started in optics through careers advice after he left school in 1974, with his first job working as an optical technician at David Blackstone in Leeds.  

He now works part-time at McCormacks Opticians in Hemsworth and Whitakers Opticians in Sowerby Bridge.  

Walton said the major changes he has seen during his career have been the switch from glazing lenses by hand to using an edging machine. ‘Next for me is retirement when I am ready, but it could be a long way off yet,’ he added.