South Yorkshire staff excited about royal visitor

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College and charity staff say they are excited and honoured by the prospect of welcoming a royal visitor.

Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, is set to visit three venues in Barnsley during a trip to South Yorkshire on Friday, July 4.

The Queen’s second child is set to visit the Barnsley Riding for the Disabled Association on Pontefract Road, as she is a patron of the association.

After that, the Princess is due to officially open the new premises of the Barnsley and District Citizens Advice Bureau on Shambles Street and join in the celebrations for its 50th anniversary.

Her final stop will be Horizon Community College, on Dodworth Road.

Nick Bowen, college principal, said the Princess will officially open the school – which admitted pupils almost two years ago – by unveiling a plaque and signing its guest book.

He said: “It’s a great thing for the school and the community.

“We have some amazing facilities which we are going to show her. We have a 420-seater theatre so she gets that theatrical experience. We also have dance studios and amazing art facilities.

“The idea is to get the students to show her around, show her their work and give her a tour of their school, which they are so proud of.”

Catherine Mitchell, centre manager at Barnsley RDA, said: “We are hoping she will do some presentations of certificates to long-serving volunteers. We are happy she is coming because she has never been here before and we have been open since 1979.

“It will give her an insight into Barnsley RDA and it lets people know we are here.”

Pat Heath, of Barnsley CAB, said: “People in the organisation are quite gratified Princess Anne is coming.

“The occasion is the official opening of the premises after we moved in mid-February into the town centre, so she will be performing an official opening ceremony.

“All this is also celebrating 50 years of the organisation helping people and families in Barnsley.”