Princess Royal opens leisure centre

A NEW leisure centre in a Suffolk town has been given a Royal seal of approval.

Russell Claydon

A NEW leisure centre in a Suffolk town has been given a Royal seal of approval.

Princess Anne carried out the official opening of the multi-million pound facility in Exning Road, Newmarket yesterday.

HRH The Princess Royal met school children from the town during her tour of the leisure centre and unveiled a glass plaque to officially open the building.

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Malcolm Smith, chairman of Forest Heath District Council, joint partners in the centre alongside Anglia Community Leisure, said: “It was a wonderful occasion and experience for the people of Forest Heath and our users of the leisure centre.”

The Royal guest - the Queen's only daughter - was greeted by civic leaders on her arrival before she was shown an aqua gym session and a disabled swimming class in the two pools.

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Princess Anne also watched an athletics coaching session involving 20 year four pupils from Laureate Primary School and Newmarket College students taking part in a dance class.

A posy was presented to HRH Princess Royal after the plaque unveiling by 10-year-old Sophie Tuite from All Saints Primary School.

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