Anne, Princess Royal visited a leisure park in Skegness on 18 April where she arrived by helicopter.
The royal was met by Chief Executive Officer of Ellis Brothers, John Chappell; the Lord-Lieutenant of Lincolnshire, Toby Dennis, escorted her to the Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway where she met the volunteers who run the railway at Skegness Water Leisure Park.
Anne received a short ride on a historic carriage followed by a tour of the Holiday Park before unveiling a plaque commemorating her visit.
Mr Chappell told the Skegness Standard: “The visit went extremely well; Her Royal Highness was very interested in the railway and in all aspects of the business and how it is moving on.”
The Princess Royal offered her congratulations to the staff for being in business for 70 years, saying: “I can imagine this was quite a challenge. The most encouraging part is, it is great you have a long-term plan. I hope you have a good summer.”
Skegness Leisure Park was first opened in 1947 and moved to its current location in 1990. It offers camping, tours, fishing, an airfield, another park called Green Acres and bungalow holidays. According to the official website for the park, staff take great pride in ensuring everyone, whether long-term or first-time patrons of their facilities have an amazing experience.
The Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway, according to the site, was explained this way: “This two foot gauge railway, utilising ex WD track from the Nocton Estates Light Railway, opened in 1960 and provided a useful transport link between the Humberston Fitties caravan park and bus services to Cleethorpes from its North Sea Lane terminus. The railway closed at Humberston in 1985 and was lifted soon afterwards.
“The locomotives, stock, and track were initially put into storage – and in the intervening years the railway was painstakingly rebuilt at Skegness Water Leisure Park, finally reopening to the public in May 2009.”