Oh we do like to be beside the seaside

Published: Tuesday 12th Jun 2012

Last week was the occasion for the book launch in Brighton that we had been looking forward to. We booked a hotel for the night so that we could enjoy the hospitality and then spend a lovely day on Friday enjoying the beach. We decided to drive down via Eastbourne to see the amazing portrait of the Queen that had been cleverly made out of 5000 photographs submitted by the public. I admit I was one of them so I was keen to see the finished result.

It really was an extraordinary feat. From the back of the Gallery are 2 portraits of the Queen, one at the time of her accession and one of her as she is today. Walk closer and you see it is made up of thousands of individual photographs, it is immensly clever. I couldn't find myself but as I had received an acknowledgement of my participation I was content to have faith that I Was There. This was at the Towner Gallery and the exhibit is moving to the Turner Contemporary in Margate this weekend.

I don't know what happens next but hope it will be on show again somewhere. The book launch was great fun. It was held in an enormous ballroom at the Grand Hotel and was packed with the Great and Good of Brighton as well as many friends and fans. One of the most striking fans was the chap who took part in Mastermind answering questions on The Roy Grace novels of Peter James, Peter admitted that he had only got 11 questions correct while the contestant got 18!

The author's sister, Genevieve, has taken over her mother's glove making company, which holds the Royal Warrant. The Queen has worn Cornelia James gloves throughout her long and glorious reign. Speaking of which Cranbrook entered into the spirit of the Jubilee with a Street Party and beacon lighting. The town was draped in flags and patriotic bunting and all the shops had wonderful windows - including Freedom Holiday Homes, of course.