Royal visit to RNLI station

PUBLISHED: 10:10 15 May 2014

The Duke of Kent is president of the RNLI.

The Duke of Kent is president of the RNLI.

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A MEMBER of the royal family will be in Weston this afternoon (Thurs) to meet the RNLI's volunteer crew and fundraisers.

Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent, is president of the RNLI and will be visiting the charity’s temporary lifeboat station by Marine Lake.

The visit is part of a day-long trip to Somerset, after it was suggested he included Weston because of the difficult circumstances the crews are working in.

The RNLI was forced to leave its base on Birnbeck Pier in November last year and move to a temporary facility near Knightstone harbour.

The Duke, who is the Queen’s cousin, will be accompanied by Lady Gass, the Lord Lieutenant of Somerset.

He will also be visiting Simulation Systems Ltd (SSL) in Yatton this afternoon. The firm provides award-winning CCTV equipment which helps keep the country’s motorways moving.

Louis Thompson, managing director of SSL, said: “We are extremely honoured and delighted to welcome His Royal Highness and to discuss some of the innovative electronics and software solutions we have developed and which contribute to improving the safety, reliability and predictability of journeys on the road and via public transport.”

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