Royal visit to Friendliest Port

Posted on 18th March 2016 | in Amble Harbour Village , Amble Town Council , Community , Coquet Shorebase Trust , Culinary Institute of Northumbria , News


Sophie, Countess of Wessex will visit Amble in April. Photo by Carfax2 via Wikimedia Commons

The people of the Friendliest Port will have the opportunity to extend a warm welcome to another member of the Royal Family, after the outstandingly popular visit by Prince Charles in 2012.

Sophie, Countess of Wessex GCVO will visit Amble in April and will tour four venues. She will unveil a plaque to commemorate the visit.

Julia Aston, director of Amble Development Trust said “We are thrilled that the town is hosting a visit from Her Royal Highness the Countess of Wessex and Her Grace the Duchess of Northumberland.”

During their visit on Wednesday 20 April 2016, the Countess and Duchess will visit Coquet Shorebase Trust, the Culinary Institute of Northumbria on Queen Street, Amble Harbour Village and the newly refurbished Paddlers Park.

Meeting local people

At the Shorebase Trust, Her Royal Highness will meet volunteers, trustees and some disabled users of the watersports facilities. At the Culinary Institute, she will hand out certificates to successful trainees.

The royal party will then visit Amble Harbour Village, where the Countess and Duchess will meet business owners and volunteers from Amble RNLI. Her Royal Highness will unveil a plaque to commemorate her visit.

Prince Charles, Duchess of Nland visit Amble (SM)

The Duchess of Northumberland accompanied HRH Prince Charles on his visit to Amble in 2012. Photo by Steve Miller

At Paddlers Park, the Countess and Duchess will meet the Mayor, members of Amble Town Council, volunteers from Amble Community Team and local schoolchildren.

Sophie is the wife of Prince Edward, the Queen’s youngest son. They married in 1999 and have two children. She is known for her interest in young people, apprenticeships and the disabled.

“It would be wonderful if we could give the Countess as warm a welcome as we gave Prince Charles when he visited,” said Julia.

“This will be a great opportunity to show off some of the town we are so proud of.”

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