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Judy Murray, the tennis coach and Strictly Come Dancing star has been a great supporter and encourager of Lily Blanche over the years, so when we heard that she had lost her treasured Lily Blanche Memory Keeper Locket, we were determined to get a replacement to her. This unique locket opens up to reveal six secret photographs and is our bestseller. It comes in silver, gold, rose gold and white gold vermeil. Judy had bought the Memory Keeper in sterling silver some years ago - she was one of our first customers - and had worn it to all her sons' Andy and Jamie’s big tennis matches. We were thrilled when she tweeted to let us know how much she loved it. "It's my absolute fave piece of jewellery," she wrote.
So when a friend told us she was seeing Judy at a conference and offered to bring her a replacement locket we were delighted. A few days later we got an email from Judy telling us how pleased she was to be reunited with her Memory Keeper Locket.
What Judy didn’t initially realise was that, using our new photo insertion service, we had filled her locket with Andy and Jamie’s finest moments and, of course, Anton du Beke and Strictly Come Dancing were in there too.
When Judy opened the locket and discovered the photos she was thrilled. “OMG I love it,” she emailed. “That is amazing”. Then it was our turn to be surprised and delighted. “Would you like to come up and have afternoon tea at Cromlix House Hotel?” she asked. Cromlix is the hotel Andy bought near the family's home town of Dunblane and it is just a 20 minute drive from the Lily Blanche studio.
We had a wonderful afternoon, sipping Pimms,eating the most delicious Wimbledon themed tea and meeting some of Andy and Jamie’s biggest fans. (The tennis ball lollipop cake below is called a Murray Mound) We were delighted when Judy showed everyone the pictures inside her locket.
Judy likes the brand so much she also bought the Lily Blanche Birkin Handbag Locket which she is wearing on the cover of her autobiography.
Judy told us that she always sits alone at Wimbledon so that she isn’t distracted and doesn’t hear other people passing judgement on her boys. The one silver lining to Andy’s injury has been the fact that he has been able to spend so much time with his family, wife Kim, daughter Sophia and baby Edie. We even came away with a copy of Andy's granny's (Shirley Erskine's) famous shortbread.
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"I think Andy's mum is wearing your Memory Keeper locket" said my son while watching the Wimbledon 2016 final. Sport daft, nuts about Andy Murray and eagle-eyed enough to be able to tell the difference between a toad and a frog at ten paces, my teenage son does not, however, take much interest in jewellery so I assumed he must be mistaken.
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