The Royal seal of approval was given on Wednesday to the Riverhill Regeneration Project, as The Countess of Wessex paid a visit to Cobham.
The project, which was completed by the Cobham Conservation and Heritage Trust (CCHT), was finalised last year and it now offers a relaxing area for families to enjoy along the River Mole.
Upon her arrival to the regeneration site, The Countess of Wessex was greeted, along with a huge applause, by CCHT chairman, Sir Gerry Archer, who then introduced her to all involved with the project.
A blessing was given after which Sophie unveiled an information board, a slight difference to the usual plaque, which explains the project and what is different about the area.
It was then time for a duck race, as 21 plastic ducks, which had been decorated by local schoolchildren, were set off along the River Mole for a short race. Every duck was named after a member of the Royal Family and ‘Prince Andrew’ was the first duck to finish the race and was presented to Her Royal Highness as a souvenir. Sophie was also given two more ducks named after her children Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.
Gerry Archer commented, “It is the first Royal visit to the community of Cobham in anyone’s living memory. Its a wonderful endorsement for everything we strive to achieve”.
Also keen to talk out about the visit was Councillor Mike Bennison, representing Cobham and Downside: “To my delight the Cobham Conservation and Heritage Trust have come along and created a dream for me. It is better than I could have imagined. It is unbelievable for the Royal Family to come here, I know it is the most beautiful village in Britain but it is a real privilege to have Her Royal Highness come along and see the beauty of it”.
The 49-year-old even found time to visit Cobham Mill, and attend a tea party with local community members at Tilt Green. The entertainment on offer included maypole dancing and music from the Cobham band, which Sophie at one point even conducted.
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