Princess Anne visits Hereford

Ledbury Reporter: The Princess Royal talks to auctioneer Matthew Nicholls and Greg Christopher. The Princess Royal talks to auctioneer Matthew Nicholls and Greg Christopher.

THE Princess Royal said she hopes Hereford's Livestock Market will 'serve the county for years to come' when she officially opened the site today.

Princess Anne, the only daughter of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, visited the market on Roman Road this morning, which opened in 2011 when it moved from its previous location in the city centre.

The Princess Royal also visited the headquarters of West Mercia Women’s Aid (WMWA) to learn about their work and that of West Mercia Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (WMRSASC).

Jan Frances, chief executive of WMWA, said: “We were delighted to welcome HRH The Princess Royal. Her visit offered us an excellent platform to showcase our valuable work with survivors of domestic violence and abuse to an individual who so tirelessly supports charitable ventures.

"We were also pleased that she met some of our service users, who continue to inspire us with their courage and determination every day. We’d like to thank her very much for visiting us and supporting our work.”

Jocelyn Anderson, chief officer of WMRSASC, said the visit 'recognised the exceptional work' of the organisations in supporting survivors of rape, sexual abuse and sexual violence

“It takes tremendous courage for survivors to come forward and talk about their experiences and our dedicated team are able to offer support towards healing and recovery,” she added.

The Princess Royal also visited the Town Hall to meet Herefordshire Carers Support and Family Drug Support.

During her visit the Princess met staff and Janet Fellows, chair of Herefordshire Carers Support Trustee Board said the visit was 'a tremendous boost'.

Susan Hall, founder and family drug support co-ordinator, said: “The more that can be done to raise awareness and understanding of the suffering of families dealing with a family member’s drug or alcohol misuse can only be of great benefit.

“The interest and support shown by the Princess Royal has been a boost to us all.”

For more on this story, including pictures of the visit, see tomorrow's Hereford Times.

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5:15pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Bromyard Boy says...

I actually thought that I saw her popping into Peacocks, though I could have been mistaken
I actually thought that I saw her popping into Peacocks, though I could have been mistaken Bromyard Boy
  • Score: 2

10:24pm Wed 15 Jan 14

ad47uk says...

why on earth do they want to open something that have been operating for a year? Just another excuse to throw propaganda at people and to have a use for the over paid royal family.
why on earth do they want to open something that have been operating for a year? Just another excuse to throw propaganda at people and to have a use for the over paid royal family. ad47uk
  • Score: -1

10:35pm Wed 15 Jan 14

mizza21 says...

Ah the only member of the royal family what I, a commoner I admit, has any respect for.
It would have been an honour to throw down me Barbour Jacket for her to tread on and something to tell the grandkids about as her very well turned out demeanour whisked past giving me a strike with her horsewhip which I can tell you would be more than I deserve.
Ah the only member of the royal family what I, a commoner I admit, has any respect for. It would have been an honour to throw down me Barbour Jacket for her to tread on and something to tell the grandkids about as her very well turned out demeanour whisked past giving me a strike with her horsewhip which I can tell you would be more than I deserve. mizza21
  • Score: 4

8:46am Thu 16 Jan 14

Clarkester says...

I agree with Mizza.
Not a fan of the royal family at all, but will make an exception for Annie.
Gawd bless ya ma'am!
I agree with Mizza. Not a fan of the royal family at all, but will make an exception for Annie. Gawd bless ya ma'am! Clarkester
  • Score: 3

11:34am Thu 16 Jan 14

probono says...

See the Anti, Nimbys and Moaners Assocaiton has started up. We well remember your tales of fewer livestock sales, traffic disaster, financial ruin and so on when the Market was moved. Seems you were wrong and it got a royal seal of approval yesterday.
See the Anti, Nimbys and Moaners Assocaiton has started up. We well remember your tales of fewer livestock sales, traffic disaster, financial ruin and so on when the Market was moved. Seems you were wrong and it got a royal seal of approval yesterday. probono
  • Score: 4

12:00pm Thu 16 Jan 14

mizza21 says...

Err. Probono. What moaning are you referring to?

I am loving the NLM and I am loving the fact that Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal is so down to earth she's happy to mix with the commoners.
It gives us all a lift when she swishes by and anyone who gets out of line can expect a thrashing from her horsewhip and a tongue lashing with her well formed verbs and adjectives and that would be no more than we deserves.
Err. Probono. What moaning are you referring to? I am loving the NLM and I am loving the fact that Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal is so down to earth she's happy to mix with the commoners. It gives us all a lift when she swishes by and anyone who gets out of line can expect a thrashing from her horsewhip and a tongue lashing with her well formed verbs and adjectives and that would be no more than we deserves. mizza21
  • Score: 3

12:18pm Thu 16 Jan 14

bobby47 says...

I had a bit of the usual trouble when the Princess Royal visited. I knew as soon as she clapped eyes on me chasing down a Razorback Suckling Sow in the swine pen that this encounter wouldn't be the end of it.
Cognisant that women find me irrisistable and are unable to keep their hands off me, I went home highly concerned about that 'look in her eyes'.
As I laid in bed nibbling upon a family bucket of Scratchings, swigging back ale and watching Man V Food on the tele, there was a tap, tap, tap on the window and faint whispered tones of, 'let me in Bobby I can't keep my hands off you'.
Keen to know who it was who'd scurried up my drainpipe to reach my third floor window, I got up, opened the curtains to find the Princess Royal clinging on to my bloody window sill. I said, 'clear off your bloody Highness. Im trying to get some sleep here and I'll be damned if I let you in' and shouting down to her Personal Protection Team, I yelled, ' and if this bloody drainpipe gets pulled off the wall, you'll be paying the bill'.
Bloody royalty! They think they can climb up anyone's drainpipe, disturb the guttering and get away with it. Well I ain't for taking this anymore. It's about time some women grasped the fact that when Im in bed, Im in bed and I don't appreciate them tapping on my bloody window screaming, 'let me in. I can't keep my hands off you'.
I had a bit of the usual trouble when the Princess Royal visited. I knew as soon as she clapped eyes on me chasing down a Razorback Suckling Sow in the swine pen that this encounter wouldn't be the end of it. Cognisant that women find me irrisistable and are unable to keep their hands off me, I went home highly concerned about that 'look in her eyes'. As I laid in bed nibbling upon a family bucket of Scratchings, swigging back ale and watching Man V Food on the tele, there was a tap, tap, tap on the window and faint whispered tones of, 'let me in Bobby I can't keep my hands off you'. Keen to know who it was who'd scurried up my drainpipe to reach my third floor window, I got up, opened the curtains to find the Princess Royal clinging on to my bloody window sill. I said, 'clear off your bloody Highness. Im trying to get some sleep here and I'll be damned if I let you in' and shouting down to her Personal Protection Team, I yelled, ' and if this bloody drainpipe gets pulled off the wall, you'll be paying the bill'. Bloody royalty! They think they can climb up anyone's drainpipe, disturb the guttering and get away with it. Well I ain't for taking this anymore. It's about time some women grasped the fact that when Im in bed, Im in bed and I don't appreciate them tapping on my bloody window screaming, 'let me in. I can't keep my hands off you'. bobby47
  • Score: 3

1:23pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Clarkester says...

Quite Bobby!!
Quite Bobby!! Clarkester
  • Score: 1

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