Double date for the Duke

THE Duke of Kent officially opened two new buildings in Weston on Tuesday. HRH started his visit by opening the Royal British Legion's new £6million Somerset Legion House

THE Duke of Kent officially opened two new buildings in Weston on Tuesday. HRH started his visit by opening the Royal British Legion's new £6million Somerset Legion House on the seafront. He then headed to the town's parish church in Lower Church Road where he saw the new church centre. The Duke unveiled a plaque at both venues and spoke to a number of thrilled guests.Margaret Newson, aged 64, of Worle, who is a housekeeper at Somerset Legion House, said: "He asked about the people here. He was so nice and had so much time for everybody. It will never happen to me again as I retire from the legion next year, so it is a great way to finish my work with it."Dining room supervisor at the Beach Road complex, Shirley Neads, aged 53, who lives on the Oldmixon, said: "It was quite an honour and a once-in-a-lifetime experience. He just asked us what we did. He was how a royal should be, a lovely man."Rosetta Gill, aged 89, from Little Hereford, was in the Auxiliary Territorial Service and was invited along to the opening as a special guest. She said: "I was aghast, absolutely thrilled and so excited. I didn't expect him to speak me. I'm speechless."A number of retired members of the British Army also spoke to the Duke. George Askew, aged 85, who served during in India in World War Two, said: "I was invited here by the Royal British Legion. It is such a wonderful occasion and a real honour meeting a member of the royal family."Somerset Legion House provides welfare breaks for up to 75 people at one time. It has 47 en-suite rooms, a restaurant, bar, cinema and library.The impressive new centre at Weston's parish church has been developed to provide better facilities for visitors. The Duke unveiled a plaque to mark the opening of the building, which includes a cafe and kitchen.


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