THIS is the first picture of Princess Anne on her visit to South Tyneside today.
The Princess Royal is embarking on a whistle-stop tour of the borough.
Her first port of call was to Dicksons in Heddon Way, Tyne Dock, South Shields, to mark the family-run butcher’s 60th anniversary.
There she was welcomed by the Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside, Coun Ernest Gibson and Patricia Ridley and South Tyneside Council’s chief executive Martin Swales.
The princess was then due to head to the Mission to Seafarers’ newly refurbished Holborn House premises, where she will be given a tour before officially declaring it open. She will also be speaking to a veteran of the Arctic Convoy, John Claypath from Sunderland.
Finally, HRH will end her day at the new Marsden Road Health and Wellbeing Centre in Horsley Hill, South Shields.
The Princess will be taken on a guided tour of the premises, including the newly refurbished GP surgery, before observing a range of community facilities such as the new sports hall and multi-use games area, and enjoying afternoon tea with invited guests.
The Princess Royal is accompanied by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for Tyne and Wear, Mr Nigel Sherlock.
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