Date of release: 6 May 2023
Radiographer Jo Weekes is all ready for a right Royal weekend as she takes her place at the Coronation Concert at Windsor Castle this Sunday.
The star-studded event is part of a weekend of celebrations to commemorate the coronation of The King and Queen Consort.
Jo, who has worked at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust for six years, was thrilled to receive notification she had been selected through the Department for Culture, Media and Sport as an allocation was made available to a certain number of nominated NHS staff.
“I couldn’t believe it,” said Jo, “And I’m grateful to whoever nominated me.”
Jo was just as delighted a few days later when she was notified again to say she could bring a guest and has chosen her colleague Ksana Staver, Senior Assistant Clinical Technologist in Nuclear Medicine, to accompany her.
“We have our hats and our flags and are really looking forward to it,” said Jo who is based in the Medical Physics Department, Deanesly Centre at New Cross Hospital. “I wanted to ask Ksana because of all the good work she does which is appreciated by our team.
“We are both so excited and I’m sure there will be a wave of excitement among all NHS colleagues who were also lucky enough to be selected.
“My favourite Royal is Princess Anne as I share her love of horses as a dressage competitor myself and I admire her straight talking and work ethic. William is next on my list.
“I’m looking forward to seeing Take That as there’s reports it will be the full line up with Robbie Williams. Lionel Richie will also be good I’m sure but it’s a real mix of musical styles to appeal to a broad audience so there will be something for everyone.”
Artists Katy Perry and Paloma Faith as well as Italian opera star Andrea Bocelli and Welsh bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel are also performing.
And Jo is all ready to take plenty of photos to capture the special day.
She is pictured getting into the spirit with colleague Tim Watts, Head of Nuclear Science.