Weston gears up for major royal visit

PUBLISHED: 12:37 13 June 2011 | UPDATED: 13:08 13 June 2011

Princess Anne

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THE Princess Royal will return to Weston next month to see how the town has developed over the past three years.

Hundreds of people are expected to line the streets on July 25 to catch a glimpse of Princess Anne as she revisits the resort.

She came to the town in 2008, just months after the Grand Pier was destroyed by a devastating fire.

She met with the owners, viewed designs for the new attraction, and even took a helicopter trip over the landmark to see the extent of the damage.

The Queen’s daughter, who is well-known for her charity work, is now set to unveil a plaque at the site to officially mark its opening.

The Princess Royal will also check out the town’s impressive sea defences and peruse Pier Square.

North Somerset Council leader, Councillor Nigel Ashton, said: “I am delighted to announce that Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal will be visiting North Somerset next month.

“You will recall that the Princess visited us in December 2008 following the Grand Pier fire, so it is particularly fitting that she should choose to come again and see how much has changed on our seafront in the past two-and-a-half years.”

The owners of the pier, council bosses and the police all met last week to discuss the plans and what impact it will have on the resort.

A police spokesman said the force has ‘well-rehearsed plans’ that it roles out for visits of VIPs and dignitaries to the area.

A police spokesman said: “These plans involve regular liaison with agency partners and organisations as well as Princess Anne’s office.

“The aim of the police operation is to cause the minimum amount of disruption for those wishing to go about their normal daily business, while ensuring the safety of the VIP as well as members of the public.”

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