Bridgnorth opened its arms to a royal visitor, as the Duke of Gloucester had a three-stop visit around the town. Returning after many years, Prince Richard, the grandchild of King George V and Queen Mary, enjoyed a steam journey down the track at Severn Valley Railway. Taking a keen interest in the story behind the Severn Valley Railway, he also officially opened the new restaurant surrounded by guests, including those who had worked on the transformations.
It was then off to the historic town hall building, where he was greeted by representatives from local organisations; including the League of Friends, Scout groups and football clubs. The Duke heard from staff about the important place that the town hall has held throughout its long history, which he recalled visiting previously.
A ride on Bridgnorth’s historic Cliff Railway, one of the steepest and shortest railways in the UK, was the last stop of the day, where he enjoyed the third of three special high teas.