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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

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Duke of Gloucester to visit Wigton Youth Station

A member of the Royal family is adding a stop-off to his visit to north Cumbria.

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The Duke of Gloucester

It was announced last week that the Duke of Gloucester is to officially unveil a landmark historic project at three village churches.

Now it has also been revealed that he will visit Wigton Youth Station to see how the group’s work is progressing.

His tour, on March 18, will mark a return visit for the duke, who last visited the centre in 1999 when it had been running for just 18 months.

On that occasion he unveiled a plaque recognising the contribution of staff at UCB Films – now Innovia – to create the youth station through a payroll contribution scheme.

News of the visit came as a welcome surprise to youth station manager Angela Bicknell, who learned that the charity was nominated for the visit by Chris Batten, chairman of the Francis C Scott charity.

The duke will be given a tour of the building and will meet with lead workers to discover more about the projects there.

A spokeswoman said: “This will be a fantastic opportunity to highlight some of the current projects that are taken place in the centre. Young people will be present to showcase their achievements and work they have done.

“The projects which will be showcased during his visit include; the Girls Aloud group who recently created the film Oliver Twisted, the Something for the Summer project who are working towards their fourth music event in the town, Community Superhero’s project who are working to improve their local community and their role within it, the Funky Friday Group and the Fishing Project.”

The duke will also visit St Michael’s Church in Burgh by Sands to mark completion of the Three Churches Development Project to highlight its unique history and that of sister churches at Beaumont and Bowness-on-Solway.

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