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Regional editor drops canape on Queen’s carpet

A regional editor blew his chance of a knighthood after dropping a canape on the Queen’s carpet during a media reception at Buckingham Palace.

Northern Echo boss Peter Barron owned up to leaving a “nasty green smudge” underneath a Rembrandt after dropping the nibble, a concoction of goat’s cheese, beetroot and pureed peas.

The reception, which was attended by national journalists and broadcasters as well as several regional press editors, was taking place to mark the Queen’s forthcoming Diamond Jubilee.

Peter recounted his experience at the event in a blog post this week.

He wrote: “We were standing in the same room in which the great and the good gather for their knighthoods, MBEs and the like and I was offered a canape.

“‘Could you please tell me what it is?’ I asked. ‘Goats cheese, beetroot and pureed pea,’ replied the waitress.

“It sounded like more than your average canape so I took it, only to promptly drop it on the pink carpet, just underneath a Rembrandt.

“Having left a nasty green smudge on the thick pile, I didn’t know what to do with the canape so I held onto it.

“Suddenly, there was a flurry of activity to signal that The Queen was approaching. I looked round, momentarily thought about hiding the canape behind the Rembrandt, then scoffed it.

“It’s the first and final time I’ve eaten a goats cheese, beetroot, pureed pea and fluff canape.”

Peter said the Queen had told him how pleased she was that so many regional newspapers had attended the reception.

But he added:  “She might change her mind when she sees that green smudge on the carpet. I doubt that I’ll be back for a knighthood.”


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  • December 1, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Groan…I’ll never look at a goat’s cheese, beetroot and pureed pea canape the same way again. Full marks for spinning it out, though. Now, if you had dropped your ferret under the Rembrandt and then your whippet had scooped it up using its cloth cap….that would have been a story.

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  • December 1, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Sex and drugs and sausage rolls have always fascinated the media!
    That green smudge? Get Dyson onto it!

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  • December 1, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Editor’s cheesy snack makes right royal mess under Old Master

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