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On a gloriously sunny Wednesday afternoon (20th April 2016) Blyth played host to a Royal guest. Sophie, Countess of Wessex accompanied by the Duchess of Northumberland attended two events with TV and press in tow to record the proceedings.
At the quayside the Countess inspected the workshops of the Blyth Tall Ship project. This is a fantastic venture to restore an old sailing vessel and then recreate the journey of Captain William Smith, of Blyth, to Antartica, a journey he made in 1819. The Countess renamed the ship Williams II.
She then headed to the Isabella Community Centre. A party had been arranged by the Town Council on behalf of the Mayor to celebrate the 90th birthday of the Queen. Residents of Blyth who were also celebrating a 90th birthday in this year were invited to attend.
Rather fortuitously the Countess was was in Northumberland on this day and accepted the invitation to attend. She was met by the Mayor who introduced her to staff, councillors, directors and officers as well as being greeted by the children of Princess Louise pre-school Nursery, based at the Isabella Centre.
The photos below are courtesy of Doug Rutter.
Official Photographs by Trevor Walker commissioned by Blyth Town Council
Video from the News Post Leader... http://www.newspostleader.co.uk/news/local/watch-countess-of-wessex-helps-residents-celebrate-their-own-90th-birthday-1-7865428