Square to be renamed by Princess on town visit
PUBLISHED: 07:00 21 July 2011
A NEWLY revamped seafront hotspot will be given special recognition on Monday as it is officially named after a royal figure.
The Mercury can exclusively reveal that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth has given her personal approval for the square, opposite the Grand Pier, to be named Princess Royal Square – after Her Royal Highness Princess Anne.
During the Princess Royal’s visit to Weston on Monday she will unveil a plaque in the square.
North Somerset Council’s deputy leader, Elfan Ap Rees, said: “I am thrilled the square is being named after the Princess Royal.
“This is a wonderful honour for the town, and a fitting seal of approval for the area.
“Her Majesty the Queen came to the seafront in 2007 during her visit to North Somerset, and the Princess Royal also very kindly visited us after the Grand Pier fire in 2008.
“Having shown so much interest in our town, and all the work that has been going on here recently to rebuild the pier and improve the seafront, this really is recognition at the highest level, and something of which the whole area should be proud.”
The square will become the newest addition to this area of town with strong royal connections, joining the likes of Regent Street, Royal Parade, Victoria Square, Alexandra Parade and the Sovereign Shopping Centre.
Princess Anne will begin her seafront tour at the Winter Gardens in the morning, where she will view the new tourist information centre before perusing an exhibition of the seafront enhancements programme in the ballroom.
The royal party will then walk south along the seafront to the Grand Pier, where the attraction’s owners will invite the princess to unveil a plaque to commemorate the reopening of the pier.
The seafront square has until now been known as Pier Square. Members of the public were asked in 2009 to suggest names for the revamped area.
North Somerset Council contractors started work on the £3.9million square back in 2010 and it opened in February this year.
Before work began the historic Coalbrookdale fountain, known as the Boy and Serpent, was removed to be refurbished as part of the multi-million pound project.
The area, stretching from Salisbury Terrace to Carlton Street and from the promenade to the junctions of Oxford Street and Regent Street, has a new pedestrian section with granite paving, stone seating areas and lawns.