Rutland gets ready to greet Princess Anne

Opening of Ashley Place in Bognor by Princess Anne. Pic SR1511637. Pic Steve Robards SUS-150527-163434001 SUS-150527-163434001

Opening of Ashley Place in Bognor by Princess Anne. Pic SR1511637. Pic Steve Robards SUS-150527-163434001 SUS-150527-163434001

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Rutland is getting ready to roll out the red carpet with Princess Anne visiting the county on Monday.

The Princess Royal has been invited to officially open the county’s new Active Rutland Hub at Oakham Enterprise Park and will unveil a commemorative plaque at the site after touring the facility and meeting some of the local groups based there.

The Princess Royal, who is President of the Royal Yachting Association, will then travel to Rutland Water to attend the International Sailing Federation Team Racing World Championships. This will be followed by a special reception with charity Rutland Sailability.

The Active Rutland Hub was formerly Ashwell Prison gymnasium but has been extensively refurbished with the aid of grant funding from Sport England. This has resulted in a brand new facility that sports clubs in the area can use to develop and grow.

The two main tenants of the Active Rutland Hub are the Vale Judo Club and the Oakham Artistic Gymnastics Academy, both of which will hold demonstrations for the Princess as part of her visit.

Chairman of Rutland County Council Kenneth Bool (Con) said: “It will be a privilege to welcome The Princess Royal next week and we are truly honoured to have her open the new Hub. This is a fantastic asset for our local sport and community groups and we look forward to seeing residents benefit from the facilities there for many years to come.”

The Princess Royal will then make the short journey to Rutland Water for the championships, where 24 teams from around the world will do battle. The event starts on Sunday and runs until Friday.

Event director David Wilkins said: “The top sailors competing are often world and national dinghy champions in their own right. Many will have sailed for university and collegiate teams and have already represented their countries at international level.”

She will also attend the Rutland Sailability reception to mark its 20th anniversary.

Chairman Martin Sutcliffe, said: “Rutland Sailability is highly honoured to have The Princess Royal visit us in this our 20th anniversary year.”

He said the charity were also looking forward to showing her a boat that she named at the London Boat Show.