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Prince Philip ‘rows’ into Cornwall

The Duke of Edinburgh was in Newquay and Padstow on Friday visiting with a rowing club and meeting some rather large lobster’s.

The Duke of Edinburgh with the Mayor of Padstow. Photo Courtesy of Mark Bridge @markbridge

The Duke of Edinburgh with the Mayor of Padstow. Photo Courtesy of Mark Bridge @markbridge

The Duke began his day by visiting Newquay, where he met with Cornwall’s only blind gig rowing club at the Newqauy harbor.

As part of his visit, Prince Philip viewed four of Newquay Rowing Club’s gigs – Newquay, Dove, Treffry and Dall Lewyer.

Formed in 1921 with three gigs dating back to the 1800s that are still in use today, the club has members of all abilities and ages. In 2005 the club received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

The Prince then met representatives of the Trustees of Newquay Pilot Gigs, along with sponsors and representatives of the Cornish Pilot Gig Association.

“He’s very interested in the boats and he asked me what I’ve done. I’ve been involved with the club for 38 years now, and the club’s basically my life; it holds all of my interests together: boating, racing and gigs,” Newquay Rowing Club member Wayne Morris commented on The Duke of Edinburgh.

The Duke then went on to visit the RNLI building at the harbour to meet RNLI President Norman Bailey. He then went on a tour around the Tunnel where he was shown historic photographs of Newquay, the club and the gigs.

After, Prince Philip visited new Treffy Centre which has been constructed by Cornwall Council following the destruction of the original building in 2009.

It was here that he stood on the balcony to observe the crews of four gigs move out into the bay and salute The Prince by lifting their oars into the air.

The visit ended with a plaque unveiling. The slate plaque noted: “To commemorate the visit to Newquay Rowing Club by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh KG KT on 1 August 2014.”

The Duke then travelled to Padstow where he visited the National Lobster Hatchery.

It was there, he met researchers, staff and local dignitaries to learn more about what the hatchery does and to gain insight on the important role it plays in furthering marine science.

He also toured the visitors’ centre, met with local fishermen and stopped at Stein’s Fisheries.

Photo Credit: Mark Bridge @markbridge

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