The Duke of Edinburgh made a visit to Norfolk this week where he opened a new memorial pavilion in the village of South Creake.
Whilst opening the building, the 93-year-old Prince met groups who regularly use the new hall for a variety of community activities. He was greeted by the deputy lord-lieutenant of Norfolk, the Countess of Romney and the High Sheriff of Norfolk.
On his tour around the building, the Queen’s husband saw a Zumba class in progression. Amy Jarrett, the Zumba instructor, asked if the Prince would like to get involved and have a go but he politely declined saying “he respects his body too much”.
The Duke then went on to view an exhibition by Barbara Allen and Brenda Cooper, who have spent some time researching the histories of village of South Creake and showed a detailed look at the villagers who served King and Country in the First World war.
In the exhibition there is a map which pinpoints where the 28 who lost their lives lived. There is currently not a house in the village which is not within a close proximity of one of the fallen.
As he unveiled a new plaque to celebrate the opening of the hall, Prince Philip said: “It shows remarkable community spirit and a lot of real effort to do something like this, so I’m sure it will be successful.”
Prince Philip met trustees who began raising money for the new £700,000 hall before meeting the architect and builder who designed the venue.
Steve Wade, the architect who designed the building, said the Duke’s visit was a nice finishing touch to the project.
He added: “there were some difficulties with the site. We’re right next to a river, so we had to build a bridge across it, we’re on a flood plain, so we had to raise the floor.”