Right royal visits on the Fylde coast

We recently featured Carr Hill School and its 60th anniversary.

Friday, 13th July 2018, 11:21 am
Updated Monday, 16th July 2018, 5:44 pm
Duke of Kent RNLI visit to Lytham Eye spy with my little eye, HRH Duke of Kent takes a closer look at Lytham lifeboat in the Ribble Estuary, during his visit to Lytham Lifeboat House in 1983

The school was officially opened by the Katharine, the Duchess of Kent that year.She toured the classrooms and spent time chatting to staff, governors and pupils.This week, we take a look in pictures at some of the other times the Duchess visited the Fylde coast, and her husband, The Duke, Prince Edward – the first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II.Katharine met Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, the eldest son of Prince George, Duke of Kent, and Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark, while he was based at Catterick Camp.The couple made several visits to the area from the 50s to the 80s, spending time at venues including Fleetwood Lifeboat house, Lytham St Annes YMCA, and British Aerospace in Warton.Memory Lane readers made remember the visits, or might have been there at the time and met them.The Duchess of Kent gained attention for her conversion to Catholicism in 1994, the first member of the Royal Family to convert publicly since the passing of the Act of Settlement 1701.

The Duke of Kent meets the coxswain of Lytham lifeboat, Mr Arthur Wignall in 1983
HRH Duchess of Kent opens Lytham St Annes YMCA in 1968
HRH the Duke of Kent, at Warton in 1974. The Duke is shown inside a Jaguar jet fighter by Squadron leader John Preece
The Duke greets officials and (right) meets the Mayor and Mayoress of Fylde, Councillor and Mrs George Warbrick in 1983