THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE TO VISIT BLACKPOOL
Wednesday 6th March, 2019
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will travel to Blackpool on Wednesday 6th March, visiting a series of innovative projects that are focused on investment and regeneration, as well as learning how the resort is leading the way in tackling some of the social and mental health problems faced by people in Britain today.
Their Royal Highnesses will first visit the iconic Blackpool Tower. In the surroundings of one of the UK’s most famous landmarks, The Duke and Duchess will join a roundtable briefing about the town’s recent history, the challenges, and the investment and regeneration efforts that are currently underway.
As Their Royal Highnesses depart Blackpool Tower they will spend time on ‘Comedy Carpet’ on the promenade to meet with members of the public gathered outside.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will travel to Blackpool Central Library where they will join two separate discussions focussing on issues and initiatives of particular relevance to each of their ongoing charitable interests.
The Duchess will continue her work on early childhood and join people involved in Blackpool’s ‘A Better Start’ programme, including health visitors, practitioners from the Family Nurse Partnership, and parents. The session, led by Merle Davies, the Director of Blackpool’s Centre for Early Child Development, will discuss the impact of long-term investment in mothers, fathers and children in their early years.
The Duke will meet people affected by problems around mental health, including issues such as homelessness and addiction, and meet people making a difference through the innovative work locally. He will also meet representatives of the emergency services and first responder community to learn more about how they are helping people with complex mental health needs.
For the final stop of the day, Their Royal Highnesses will visit Revoe Park, a recently revamped community garden and park that has been transformed thanks to involvement from ‘A Better Start’. The park had previously been a known location for drug use, in an area of significant deprivation, yet is now a great example of how a long-term community led initiative can transform lives and provide new opportunities. In particular the park is helping young children experience gardening and the outdoors, as well as providing space and activities that allow parents, particularly men, to talk about mental health.
Their Royal Highnesses will meet with volunteers who maintain the space and run activities in the park, including a carpentry workshop.
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