Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Visit Sunderland

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Visit Sunderland


Wednesday 21st February, 2018

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Sunderland on Wednesday 21st February.

The visit will showcase the city’s vibrant arts scene and engineering talent. Their Royal Highnesses will first visit The Fire Station, one of Sunderland’s most iconic buildings, recently converted into a music and arts hub.

On arrival, Their Royal Highnesses will have the opportunity to meet members of the local community who will be gathered outside The Fire Station. Inside they will enjoy colourful performances of music, dance and theatre from local children and young people, and will finish by officially opening The Fire Station.

The Duke and Duchess will then travel to see the Northern Spire, an ambitious and striking new bridge over the River Wear, due to open in spring 2018. The 1,550-tonne pylon structure is twice as high as Nelson’s Column and taller than Big Ben’s clock tower.

As a Sunderland City Council project, Northern Spire is a key part of a wider transport plan to improve links between the Port of Sunderland and the city centre with the A19. It will help attract new jobs and investment and will be the catalyst for major economic and regeneration benefits to Sunderland and the region.

Their Royal Highnesses will first meet local children whose generation will benefit from the bridge in the future, before officially crossing the bridge and meeting the engineers and construction workers who have made this a reality.

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