Princess Royal visits town

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IT HAS been a right Royal day in Boston Borough today with a member of the Royal Family visiting various places in and around the town.

Princess Anne first visited Bell Brothers Nurseries, in Benington, to mark its 50th anniversary.

She was greeted by managing director Robert Bell and other distinguished guests before touring the location and seeing the techniques involved in annually producing millions of plants.

Princess Anne also saw the seeding facilities, production and packing lines, glasshouse and biomass boiler facilities.

She finished by unveiling a plaque to mark the occasion.

Kitty Hooper, 11, then presented Princess Anne with a posy of flowers before she departed to the Butterfly Hospice, Rowan Way, Boston.

At the hospice, the Princess Royal was met by Butterfly Hospice Trust chairman Yvonne Slater and founder Sue Wray and was taken on a tour of the now completed building.

There she spoke to trustees, the retailers, the builders and volunteers and was shown a bedroom, lounge, bathroom, and hydrotherapy bathroom.

She finished by officially opening the Butterfly Hospice.

She said: “"It's a pleasure to be here — it's been quite a long wait to get to this stage of the building.

“To see what you've managed to achieve, I hope, will spur you on, because you're so nearly there. My congratulations to you."

She was then presented with flowers by the trust’s three youngest volunteers Charlie Bint and Rebecca and Alex Clarke, before heading to her final destination, the Boston Stump to host a fundraising reception in support of the Boston Stump Restoration and Development Appeal.